Apple files patent for magnetic Apple iPad stand
The magnets are inside the case of the tablet to help the Apple iPad Smart Case automatically close in the front without using a fastener. If there is a bit of interesting technology involved in the patent, it is the magnetic shield used to block the magnets inside the stand from say, wiping the information off of your credit cards. The shield also "allows for significant increases in magnetic field strength when compared to similarly configured, unshielded products."
One use of the magnetic stand in an automobile was described in the application. The stand could be mounted on a car's roof frame where it could support a tablet which would be hanging down in the area of the windshield where the rear-view mirror is currently located. The tablet wold be used to allow the driver to see in real-time what is going on behind him. Another use of the stand would have it connecting two tablets together, via a wired or wireless connection. The increased magnetic strength would allow one tablet to lie flat on a desk while the other would be connected via magnets like a display on a laptop computer. The tablet lying flat on the desk would function as the keyboard while the other slate would act as a display. Another suggestion diagrammed in the patent application shows two iPads magnetically connected side by side in portrait orientation to be used as an e-reader. You might recall that last year, Apple was granted a patent for the animation of a turning page.
source: USPTO via TheRegister
1. Mxyzptlk posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:36 3 21
This is a nice invention. Apple continues to innovate.
3. sorcio46 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:39 14 1
LOL, your brain is an awesome invention, the best closed and iFanboy experience inside :D
There is no invetion in magnetic cases, they were used many years ago before the ipad.
18. joey_sfb posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:52 0 0
We just might get the apple patented tissue paper and condom from the video, s**t Apple Fanatics Say.
23. Pings posted on 02 Mar 2013, 13:10 0 0
Where have I seen this before. Oh that's right on Lickstarter like a year ago...
4. rusticguy posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:41 7 0
Yea innovate as a grade 6 student good at making sketches :)
7. lyndon420 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:56 2 0
It's a fricken stand. But you see an apple logo...so I get it.
12. InspectorGadget80 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 08:26 5 2
Apple continues making dumb b.s. patents
13. taikucing posted on 01 Mar 2013, 08:34 6 0
Sir, here are what we call inventions and should be patented:
- tri gate transitor
- IGZO display
- XDR RAM
- Honda's seamless transmission
- Ducati's desmodromic valve
- adaptive optics, etc.
It's very complicated & requires engineer's brain to invent it, not something simple like this.
14. dragonscourgex posted on 01 Mar 2013, 08:42 3 1
My good sir, the only thing innovative about this, is the fact, people are going have to buy two iPad now. So yes. Apple very innovative at stealing people more for nothing in return.
15. roscuthiii posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:46 1 0
"You keep saying this word, but I don't think it means what you think it means."
16. Zero0 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:53 0 0
I sometimes wonder if this is satire. There are few humans who would believe that "using magnets to attach things" is a novel concept. We've been doing this for centuries.
As for shielding, yes. Apple discovered electromagnetic shielding. Contrary to popular belief, nothing has ever been magnetically shielded until a few months ago, by top Apple scientists. Props to them for that one. I don't have multiple shielded devices on my desk right now.
21. alouden posted on 02 Mar 2013, 10:27 0 0
For a second, I thought you were being sarcastic. Then I thought: "Oh snap, you're serious...." The Princess Bride quote above by roscuthiii sums it up best.
2. rusticguy posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:39 1 0
Does M$ have patent on using surface as skateboard :D
5. tiara6918 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:42 0 0
No they don't but they have to before someone uhhmm uhhmm sues them for stealing
6. PapaSmurf posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:51 0 0
When will the USPTO finally get the hint that Apple is trying to patent everything?
8. rusticguy posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:58 0 0
Only after it has patented everything.
US Patent Troll's Office :D
9. nikenturd (unregistered) posted on 01 Mar 2013, 07:59 1 0
Again....this godamn patent is too vague and ridiculous....so if a competitor allegedly uses magnets and tripod stands they can be immediately held accountable for some patent lawsuit?
20. stealthd posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:56 0 0
If they look and function like the drawings then yes. It does not just stop people from using magnets and tripods.
10. pongkie posted on 01 Mar 2013, 08:20 0 0
The car rear view tablet might be a bad idea. I don't think the magnet will not hold still during a sudden stop
17. Zero0 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:57 0 0
If the tablet is light enough, and the magnets strong enough, it will be fine. The problem is detaching the tablet. I suppose there could be some type of electromagnet used to secure it, which could be disabled, but I'd imagine that that would take up a decent amount energy to run.
11. InspectorGadget80 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 08:26 2 1
imagnetic? com on apple getting SICK OF YOURE B.S. PATENTS
19. spiderpig2894 posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:46 0 0
Something nice about these accesories but why patent it???? WTH
22. procopiojose posted on 02 Mar 2013, 10:34 0 0
do you know the story why the thing on your throat is called an "adam's apple"?
guess who convinced adam and eve to bite that freakin fruit.....
clue: S____ (5 letter word)