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Apple patents a Smart Case with a secondary display

0. phoneArena 03 Aug 2012, 08:17 posted on

If a day comes when the iPad Smart Case gets even smarter, it might look like what is pictured in this Apple patent filing. What's being described is a smaller, secondary display present on the accessory, either occupying some or its entire inner surface...

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posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:23 12

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


That's typical Apple, good at making little cool stuffs. such as slide to unlock or disappearing scroll bar.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:31 10

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple can buy that flexible screen from their good old mate Samsung

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:11 2

13. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Samsung would much likely keep its own inventions for itself.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:30 1

28. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I was gonna say similar,apple will try put a display in a case while Samsung will simply have a hd super amoled unbreakable flexible screen which can be rolled out from a small little coiled up cylinder built into a cover making the fixed apple incase screen look quite dated.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 17:42 1

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Usually ur comments rock, but that one sucked and made no sense.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 05:22

39. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Holy cow having the flexible screen as a keyboard smart cover is a great idea. That is a good practal use for that technology. I hope they dont get the patent. For one I think it is to much like Microsofts surface keyboard pluse I don't think it should be alowed because for one that is to broad of a patent. It's obvious that's the way those smart keyboard covers are headed. I can't believe I did not realize it before but apple does make a lot of patent request that are not a spiff idea but are more of a guess in where the technology is headed for a perticular device so they can monopolize the the accessory for lator lawsuits. It's like patenting a rectangular phone that has a big touch panel taking up the whole phone. It's how the technology has to go. It's what the obvious design directions smartphones are going its not an idea.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 11:27

42. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


LG good in flexible stuff too

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:35 6

3. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


I can see that the Microsoft Surface has been inspiring

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:07 2

10. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The Surface was inspired by the iPad and the keyboard cover by the Smart Cover. And the iPad by the Microsoft Pocket PC. There is nothing bad about it - Apple will bring display covers (displays also mean virtual keyboards) and Microsoft covers with hardware keyboards. And we can choose, as long nobody's patents are insulted.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 00:42 2

38. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


You sir are incorrect. The iPad was inspired by the surface and here is the proof.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VfpVYYQzHs

Note the date 2007, loooong before ipad existed. The fact that Microsoft unveiled this concept in 2007 is indication that it had been in the works for years before the introduction video.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 16:20

43. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


In the current Apple vs Samsung case iPad prototypes from 2004 were revealed. It's no secret the iPad was the Apple version of the Pocket PC, but not the Surface. The Surface is a product that's not even on the market three years after the iPad release.

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 20:29

46. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The patent filing for the iPad was in 2004. Last time I checked, 2004 PRECEDED 2007, by about 3 years.

305Bucko, please re-check your facts, especially if you missed by a factor of 3 years.

For the record, MS cane out with the first mainstream PC tablet, but required a stylus. It was expensive, slow, and not surprising, it didn't catch on like the iPad. In fact, more iPads were sold in its first year than all PC tablets to date (i.e. coterminously).

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 09:23 1

41. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Even Steve Jobs has admitted in the Biography by Walter Isaacson, that the first iPad was inspired by a Microsoft Tablet prototype...

I honestly like Apple products... Its just frustrating that they think they know what people want and wont change unless the competitor comes up with something which can make more money.

Apple would never introduce a physical keyboard with the iPad, knowing very well that not everyone likes typing on glass... Now finally we have a (concept) physical keyboard.

The other item was the iPad mini... They stubbornly stated they will never make a small iPad and laughed at the first Galaxy Tab. Now that the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 are getting popular. It looks like we may actually see an iPad Mini...

At the end of the day, all that matters is as consumers we get what WE want... Doesnt matter who manufacturers it as long as it gets the job done.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 08:30 1

40. cheetah2k (Posts: 1594; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I hate Apple, but the patent application was made August 2011. I'm pretty sure this was before Microsoft revealed their tablet cover keyboard... Might mean Microsoft will be forking out royalties.. :(

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:43 5

4. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Finally Apple shows its innovative side again since Retina display introduction.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:54 7

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Where you see innovative side?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:03 2

8. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Oh that's right. He's not being sarcastic so bash him anyway.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:04 1

9. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


They redefined the whole mobile OS market (we would talk about the newest Palms, Nokias, Acer Windows 7 tablets and Blackberries now without them).

But cause i know you don't want to talk about it, i will not. In the post above i solely meant the Smart Cover and the newest idea they had about it. Nothing more. I'm not even trolling anymore, just saying my opinion.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:09 4

11. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Holy crap! so you weren't being sarcastic after all!?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:13 7

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Related to current article, innovative side is where?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:56 2

17. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Forget it. There's no point speaking about Apple with Fandroids. And vice versa.

But i will try it another time, cause i kinda like you: an smart tablet cover was a good idea and this further developes the idea.

If you continue bashing, i'll give up talking to you like to normal, neutral people who have more in mind than "ANDROIDGOODAPPLEBAD".

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 10:07 2

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Since you have wrote (comment #4):

"Finally Apple shows its innovative side..."

I'm just asking you, related to current article, where innovative side of Apple? Could you answer me, please?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 10:52 1

25. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Ah, Sorry, i forgot.

I find Smart tablet Covers and Covers with screens innovative

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:02 1

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You see, the problem is that this article and other sources says that Apple patents a 'Smart Case', but there is no info telling that this 'Smart Case' is innovated by Apple.

And since you have wrote (comment #4):

"Finally Apple shows its innovative side..."

Maybe you could provide source which proves that it is innovated by Apple?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:45 2

30. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The proof is simple: Apple was the first to patent it. Every company patents it's design and unique innovations.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:50 2

31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


That does't prove that Apple innovated, maybe Apple just bought the idea and then patented it, right?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 12:44 1

33. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


You are ridiculous... When Apple patents something it mean it makes an innovation. If Apple brought the patent the news would say "Apple Inc. buys company XYZ's patents."

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 17:45

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


As they should. I see nothing wrong with that. I remember the guy who came up with 3peat in the 80's but didn't patent it or copyright it. Now think of all the 3peat merchandise, and the money he could've made if he had.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 10:25 2

21. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Reminds me of a phone out a couple years ago.?
Wasn't it an LG? The one that had multiple options to plug into the phone. One was a keyboard, one was a game pad, one was a second screen.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:20

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Y would some one thumb down ur statement. It was totally unbiased.

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