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09-26-2010, 10:19 AM #1
Dual-Dock iPad, New Mag-Safe Drawings Found
Recently released Apple industrial designs registered in China show a new iPad design with dual dock connectors and what appears to be a front-facing camera. Jack Purcher at Patently Apple, who spends a lot of time combing through the databases for new stuff, turned up those designs along with a drawing of an iPad with what appears to be a front-facing camera. There's some debate over whether the drawing just shows the iPad's light sensor, but Purcher is confident that it's a camera. Also, when I looked at the Hong Kong site, I found a drawing for a MagSafe connector that makes a right angle, so the cable won't always be sticking out. Pretty mundane, but handy.
The Intellectual Property Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - effectively the patent office for the People's Republic of China - officially published a series of registered Apple industrial designs that were approved on September 24th. One of the design drawings [pdf] shows two dock connectors on the iPad, which would allow the device to sit in a vertical dock in either portrait or landscape mode. The current iPad, of course, has only a single dock connector located on the bottom. The second iPad dock connectors would make it easier to dock the device in landscape mode for a more conventional orientation when using an external keyboard. Apple also registered a design for such an external keyboard dock that looks pretty much exactly like the currently shipping accessory, as well as for the iPad Camera Connection Kit.
This and another one of the drawings [pdf] shows a small circle near the top of the screen, which Purcher is identifying as a front-facing camera for use with FaceTime. There has been some debate following his post, as the circle is located exactly where the light sensor is on the current iPad. However, Purcher, who doesn't own an iPad, went down to an Apple Store to look at the light sensor and says he doesn't buy that explanation. "Are you kidding me?" he wrote. "You need a magnifying glass to see the damn thing."
Something Purcher didn't mention in his report is this cool drawing [pdf] of a "magnetic connector" that's at right angles to the cable. The pins look just like a MagSafe connector, so this appears to be a new design for the MacBook and not the iPad. If you're sick of the power cord sticking out from the side of your laptop, Apple appears to have come up with a solution. The new design should be really handy for when you are working on a small surface, and looks like it'll be less easy to inadvertently disconnect.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 09-26-2010 at 10:22 AM.
09-26-2010, 10:22 AM #2
09-26-2010, 10:36 AM #3
im so sick and tired of these stupid patents of apple just make the dam product already
09-26-2010, 10:39 AM #4
So then what would happen if you conected two dock connector's simultaneously? Nevertheless, that is genius. I had never even thought of that but it seems like such an obvious addition to the iPad. No Doubt that there will be a front facing camera on the new iPad as well. If this is the new iPad Design then I will definitely be looking forward to it.
09-26-2010, 10:40 AM #5
09-26-2010, 10:43 AM #6
Lol, with all these rumors, most of them are, incredibly, late to the party.
09-26-2010, 11:05 AM #7
That connector looks amazing! In fact, it looks like the exact same one I'm using right now.
MMi you fail.
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09-26-2010, 11:40 AM #8
Good I hope they use that design. It's so annoying that I can't put my iPad in my dock and watching movies in landscape mode!!
09-26-2010, 11:49 AM #9
very good to see new features for the next one.
09-26-2010, 11:52 AM #10
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09-26-2010, 12:00 PM #11
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09-26-2010, 01:28 PM #14
Holy crap, How many more patents until a new product Apple :/
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09-26-2010, 02:27 PM #15
The connector is nothing new but not sure I would want that because it would throw off being able to carry just one cord for your iPhone iPad and iPod. Now you wood need another cableYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
09-26-2010, 03:23 PM #16
You see that "Thanks!" button? It likes it when you click it!
09-26-2010, 04:18 PM #17
- The rectangular hole on the side is likely the SIM card slot which is already prevalent in 3G iPad models,
- The small circle near the top is likely the brightness sensor that the iPad uses to detect whether it should adjust screen brightness for different environments.
These are rumors. Rumors rumors rumors. Unfounded ones, as well. The interesting items listed in the diagram already exist in the present model of iPad.
Wake me when Apple wises-up and adds speakers to the left side of the iPad bottom (like they should have from the beginning ) or a patent explicitly shows a pen-like input device working with the iPad. Zzz.
09-26-2010, 04:27 PM #18
I am so tired of this **** I have been watching this forum for years, and apple has patented 4832434793 ideas, functions and parts, Modmyi has reported on all of them, 50 of them have been in actual products! APPLE is just trying to own every technological Idea EVER. I am surprised they dont have cydia and jailbreaks copywritten. You don't see blackberry putting patents on crazy hovering static electric scroll balls lol.
I dunno, I just don't believe this stuff any more. I am in advertising and I always recommend my clients, focus on what you CAN and WILL do and do that BEST, instead of spreading yourself too thin. ( apple TV, macbook air, iphone 4 etc)
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09-26-2010, 04:28 PM #19
The idea of the two dock connectors is kind of dumb, you only need one or the other... but this new iPad better have a camera or it will be ***
09-26-2010, 04:30 PM #20
I never understood why they don't just make the keyboard dock without the pin connector and just have it link to the iPad via bluetooth. Doing this would completely resolve the issue of only being able to use the dock with the iPad in portrait mode.