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

Apple patents a Smart Case with a secondary display
Apple patents a Smart Case with a secondary display



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46 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

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

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

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

13. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Samsung would much likely keep its own inventions for itself.

28. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

39. Phullofphil

Posts: 1739; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

42. bohdan4ik13

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

LG good in flexible stuff too

3. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I can see that the Microsoft Surface has been inspiring

10. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

38. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

43. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

46. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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).

41. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

40. cheetah2k

Posts: 2149; Member since: Jan 16, 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.. :(

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: 30778; 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: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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