A new Apple patent reveals what may very well be the future of iPads
Looking at the new iPad, you get the sense that the tablet is pretty much perfect. After all, it's processing punch, a Retina display screen, and enough apps that you can pretty much do anything you want with it. How do you improve on what's already there? Apple seems to have an idea, judging by a recently filed U.S. patent: Add a second screen.
The device would work by communicating with and pulling power directly from the iPad via a dedicated connector. As for the display itself, Apple suggests it could house notifications, icons, or possibly even a full secondary display. That way, you could be watching a Netflix movie on the large screen, and still get Facebook notifications without interrupting the on-screen action.
To be sure, the idea of turning a tablet cover into something much more functional isn't new — the Microsoft Surface supertablet, which comes out in October, will feature a cover that doubles as a keyboard. But this patent takes the idea one step further. Since it's just a patent for now, we don't know if these smart covers are truly in Apple's future, but ou can't blame us for keeping our fingers crossed, can you?
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