Apple patent shows iPhone docking into a MacBook shell
by Michael Heller / Mar 23, 2017, 10:11 PM
Apple has made it very clear that the MacOS and iOS software will not be converging, but apparently that doesn't necessarily mean that Apple can't at least dream about ways to make the hardware mingle a little more. As you should know by now, Apple has a habit of patenting all the things regardless of if those things will ever see the light of day, and we're kind of assuming at least one of these options will be left in the bin.
Motoroa Atrix to the Asus PadFone X and even the Microsoft Surfacebook. In one patent, Apple has an iPhone docking into a laptop shell, where the phone would then power the laptop experience (at least in part) and also be used as the trackpad of the device (that part at least is a new idea). Considering the trackpad on the new MacBook Pros are similar in size to an iPhone Plus, it's easy to see this idea has been bouncing around Apple. In the other form, an iPad would dock into the shell to become a touchscreen for the clamshell.Not to be outdone by previous versions of the same idea, Apple has received patents for two hybrid designs that we've seen in various forms from the
In Apple's version, the laptop shell would not be able to be used independently, but would include a GPU, which would presumably make it easier to power a desktop-like experience (although Apple has claimed the since the introduction of the A9 and A9x chips that it had "desktop-class" processors, so something seems off here.) As you might expect, the laptop shell is described as being all aluminum and thin, similar to a MacBook.
No word on what the software on-screen would look like, but we have to assume it would be an iPad-like experience of iOS.
What do you guys think? Would you want one of these?
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Way too clunky....
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 10:12 PM 5
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are apple and samsung prepping for surface phone with continuum? I guess samsung filed this some yrs back
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 10:15 PM 5
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smartphone dock for laptop? I think I've seen this patent before :-/ (and iPad docking is just stupid, just make it hybrid 2in1, detachable keyboard or somehing, lol...)
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 10:31 PM 3
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Yes ASUS was the firts a few years ago! Apple is just coying like always!
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 3:40 AM 1
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That is an awkward setup, just give people a generic dock and find a display somewhere smh...
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 10:51 PM 0
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Not that awkward. You'd use the phone screen as a trackpad. I think it's kind of clever. Makes building the thing cheaper.
posted on Mar 23, 2017, 10:57 PM 2
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All it's saying is it's a macbook shell, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a full on macbook. It's most likely just a screen dock that looks like a macbook. To convert your iPhone into more of a ipad with a keyboard type set up.
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 2:27 PM 1
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Well we all know those docking stations have been done before, but what about the touchpad part? Filed a year earlier by Samsung we see something strikingly similar : http://www.patentlymobile.com/
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 4:28 AM 2
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"and also be used as the trackpad of the device (that part at least is a new idea)." my 950XL can be used as a trackpad for any device in continuum mode. How is that a new idea? Because it is stuck in a fixed position? Ok well HP elite X3 dock puts it in a fixed position. The lapdock also offers an extra touchpad.
posted on Mar 24, 2017, 7:21 AM 3
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