Apple files patent for magnetic Apple iPad stand
posted by Alan F. / Mar 01, 2013, 7:25 AM
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
This is a nice invention. Apple continues to innovate.
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 7:36 AM 3
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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.
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 7:39 AM 14
Sir, here are what we call inventions and should be patented: - tri gate transitor - IGZO display - XDR RAM - memristors - 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.
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 8:34 AM 6
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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.
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 2:53 PM 0
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Does M$ have patent on using surface as skateboard :D
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 7:39 AM 1
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When will the USPTO finally get the hint that Apple is trying to patent everything?
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 7:51 AM 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?
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 7:59 AM 1
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The car rear view tablet might be a bad idea. I don't think the magnet will not hold still during a sudden stop
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 8:20 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 01, 2013, 2:57 PM 0
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