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09-11-2012, 02:14 PM #1
Apple Envisions iPad Smart Cover with 'Peek Mode'
This week Apple secured yet another patent that alludes to a technology we may soon see implemented in the iPad accessory realm.
Described as an "accessory device for peek mode," the abstract summary of the technology speaks to a "magnetic attachment mechanism" that can be used to "reasonably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention."
The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to reasonably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
According to details made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple filed for the patent way back on December 17th, 2010.
To read more details about the design, click here.
Sources: USPTO, Apple Insider
09-11-2012, 03:57 PM #2
seems like a cool idea. I could see this being useful to check the time, date, and notifications. Can't think of much else especially when it only takes two extra seconds to full take off the smart cover
09-11-2012, 05:15 PM #3
Thought this was already in practice.
09-11-2012, 05:17 PM #4
09-11-2012, 06:23 PM #5
Apple may just be finally getting around to patenting this portion of the technology, so they can have one more exclusive feature... But it has been around for a while already.It's not where you've been, or where you're going..
It's where you are.
Reflect on the past, plan for the future, mod for today.
09-11-2012, 08:36 PM #6
09-12-2012, 06:11 AM #7
hmm.. is evernote's "peek" application prior art?