Apple patents a Smart Case with a secondary display

Apple patents a Smart Case with a secondary display
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. The screen itself is supposed to be flexible and sensitive to touch.

The potential applications for this futuristic iPad Smart Case are numerous, starting from adding room for additional icons, controls for the music or video players, or displaying status notifications, to using the extra real estate as a virtual keyboard, which would leave more room for content to be displayed on the iPad's primary screen.

But although Apple patents are often fascinating to look at, only a few of them materialize eventually. That said, don't expect this Smart Case concept to land on shelves anytime soon. Yet if it ever does see the light of day, what do you think it might be really useful for? Let us know what you think by dropping a comment below.

source: USPTO via IntoMobile




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46 Comments

44. Alp1111

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

Apple sucks. They always steal things from other manufacturers this keyboard and kickstarter was microsoft's. I hate apple

45. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I think you mean "kickstand" because a kickstarter is for motorcycles and people trying to start businesses.

24. HiddenStones

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Let's re-watch all SciFi movies and patent all new design... lol...

29. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

"Apple is pleased to announce it has patented most of Jabba the Huts technology,language and sexual behaviour"

23. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Maybe apple should patent qwerty keyboard layout? That sound up their alley.

22. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Patenting system must be change. 1. You can only patent true technology. Not just design. 2. Patent must be granted to tech that you invented and not just prototype, idea or tech that redesigned. It must be existing new tech. 3. The tech to be patent must be illustrated every last detail and how the tech works..

20. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

If Sony uses this, will they get sued? Sony: I have this in my PSP vista Apple: Sorry, Sony's is used to play games, not used to control music or video, hence u copied me. Prepare to pay me money!!!!

19. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

copy cat can become a patent also for them

16. geearede

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Someone else creates the technology and apple runs and gets some patent on how to use it.

6. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

How about the Sony's clamp-shell tablets with two displays? They are simply a tablet with hard secondary display - please grant them a patent. How stupid and obvious should be an idea for Apple to patent it?

12. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Most likely, Sony allready patented it. But it was not that much of success.

27. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

The difference was Sony made it as a niche product that very few people wanted or saw a use for. Remember the Acer iconia tablet? It had a touchscreen with a hinge and was just awful. If Apple implements the idea better they should get praised for the implementation not the orginality of the idea. Knowing Apple they will make this the new normal on tablets, it may not seem right but companies use or improve on other companies ideas all the time.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Jeezes apple just patent the whole f**king world why dont u

4. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Where you see innovative side?

8. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

9. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

11. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Related to current article, innovative side is where?

17. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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".

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

25. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Ah, Sorry, i forgot. I find Smart tablet Covers and Covers with screens innovative

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

30. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

33. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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."

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

21. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

15. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This isn't being innovative...This is called having an idea, innovating would be if they actually could make this. Everyone can have ideas, how about a holographic phone? Am I innovative for coming up with it? No, the one who can create it is...

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