Apple files patent for magnetic Apple iPad stand

Apple files patent for magnetic Apple iPad stand
The USPTO has revealed a patent application made by Apple back in late August of 2011 detailing "a way for securely attaching a tablet device to a stand where it can be removed and replaced with ease." This is hardly hi-tech stuff, boys and girls. The patent is basically coming up with ways that the Apple iPad can take advantage of the strategically place magnets inside the case of the tablet since the Apple iPad 2, to easily attach and detach from a magnetic music stand or a tripod, or something in the interior of your car.

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



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22 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is a nice invention. Apple continues to innovate.

3. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

We just might get the apple patented tissue paper and condom from the video, s**t Apple Fanatics Say.

23. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Where have I seen this before. Oh that's right on Lickstarter like a year ago...

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yea innovate as a grade 6 student good at making sketches :)

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple continues making dumb b.s. patents

13. taikucing unregistered

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.

14. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"You keep saying this word, but I don't think it means what you think it means."

16. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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 unregistered

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

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Does M$ have patent on using surface as skateboard :D

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

No they don't but they have to before someone uhhmm uhhmm sues them for stealing

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

When will the USPTO finally get the hint that Apple is trying to patent everything?

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Only after it has patented everything. US Patent Troll's Office :D

9. nikenturd unregistered

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 unregistered

If they look and function like the drawings then yes. It does not just stop people from using magnets and tripods.

10. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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 unregistered

imagnetic? com on apple getting SICK OF YOURE B.S. PATENTS

19. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Something nice about these accesories but why patent it???? WTH

22. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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)

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