Apple receives patent for iPad Smart Covers with new features

Apple receives patent for iPad Smart Covers with new features
Apple received a patent today for a new Smart Cover for the Apple iPad. Originally filed with the USPTO back in 2012, the patent covers additional features of the Smart Covers including an extra touchscreen for iPad users. It also supports the use of a stylus (the Apple Pencil was just a gleam in Tim Cook's eye when the patent was originally applied for by Apple).

Having a second screen for iPad users could make the tablet more functional for businesses. One interesting illustration that was part of the patent application revealed that users would be able to take down notes on the outside of the Smart Cover, and have the handwriting converted to text.

Other uses of the Smart Cover include folding the case in a certain manner that turns it into a stand for watching video. While that can be done with today's Smart Cover, the patented model includes controls that can be handled by reaching around to touch the stand. One version of the case would appear to use a solar panel to collect power for the iPad, while another would have a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard embedded in a flap. 

We don't know how close we are to seeing these new features available for the Apple Smart Cover, but with the patents now belonging to Apple, we might not be terribly far away. By the way, the name of the patent is "Cover Attachment with Flexible Display."


source: USPTO via RedmondPie

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18 Comments

1. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Turn your iPad into Sony P tablet

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

this is just like the microsoft working cover that does all of thishttp://liliputing.com/2016/01/smartphones-could-get-second-screens-thanks-to-a-flip-cover-microsoft-research.html will apple ever try to patent something that they came up with and have a working model

12. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If they can. Why not?

14. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Apple lick USPTO ass again?

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Isn't this a plagiarized version of Microsoft e-ink type cover for surface pro, demoed last year

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, precisely what I was thinking of when I saw a few of the patent images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSFlvml0Sso Then again, Apple had a patent for that even earlier,

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

https://goo.gl/k7AUUP But like most of apple's patents, they're never materialized until someone else does it, then apple does what it does best; patent troll the ones that materialized it first.

3. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Now playing p***hub.

4. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Definitely a cool concept, would like to see Apple actually use this tech. Unfortunately, since Apple has this patent, even if they don't ever do anything with this concept, no one else can do this either.

18. ananthu07 unregistered

MIcrosoft has already started doing research on this last year.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple will call it the Super iPad Pro.........this is never done before we are the first.......FAIL!

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They should have a clause to invalid patent when there no product in the market 2 years after been granted the patent.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or they cant patent it if others already showcase similar tech.. like apple patent on modular watch band, and periscopic zoom.. other manufacturer already make working device before apple grant that patent (and apple didnt even have working sample of that patent)

9. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

If Samsung patented this people would've gone nuts and called it the innovation of the century; but oh boy it's Apple we must hate on it:)

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I dislike patent in general especially when it get in the way of true innovation.

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

At least Samsung didnt sue any companies with Patent Trolls.

16. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

if this cover has a display, will the cover need a cover? :-)

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So you can write on the smart-cover and have it appear on the tablet. How about I an do this on my Note 5 without a cover at all. The solar panels would not supply enough power to handle heavy battery power displacement under heavy load. Even the wall charger can't keep up under heavy load. Why do I need a cover to show people what I am viewing on my screen? The cover will cost $299.99 and it doesn't even have a keyboard. Look how much their keyboard cover is for the iPad. lol

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