Patently Apple has revealed that the latest patent filed by the tech giant centers around an iPad-keyboard accessory. The next-generation Apple tablet features are similar to those offered by macOS.
The keyboard design is attached seamlessly to the iPad via a magnet.
The keyboard is compatible with the iPad once it has been paired.
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MacOS on iPad
Patently Apple has attached a sample illustration showing how the macOS-like UI appears when the keyboard is activated.
The interface has the menu bar at the top. This provides important information such as date, time, battery status and WiFi connectivity. It also contains the drop-down menu options.
It also features a feature that is not iPad-like – multiple windows that overlap like on computers.
But that’s not all. The keyboard triggers a macOS-like interface and comes with desktop icons.
Further, the patent states that the keyboard attaches directly to a computing device. This is exactly the same as how iPads work without the Magic Keyboard.
Apple’s New iPad Patent hints at Future Tablets that Work Like a Mac
Apple New iPad Patent
Cupertino-based tech company, Techstars, has filed patents every so often as it works on new innovations to expand its product range.
Some patent filings are successful, but others remain concepts or ideas that never see the light.
According to a 9to5Mac news report, however, Apple’s latest patent filing seems to confirm earlier rumors that it is developing a MacBook and iPad hybrid.
According to the news outlet, multiple rumors indicate that a hybrid MacBook/iPad device is in development.
According to MacRumors, Mark Gurman (a Bloomberg journalist) previously suggested the idea of an iPad with a Pro mode.
According to him, the “Pro” option is activated once the Apple tablet is connected to an external display or keyboard.
It’s worth noting, however, that these reports and rumors never had any concrete evidence that Apple was quietly creating one.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has not granted a filing by the tech giant until now. It suggests an iPad/Mac hybrid.
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