Apple has patented an accessory for the iPad that turns
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Apple has patented an accessory for the iPad that turns the tablet into a kind of MacBook

Apple has patented a new version of the plug-in keyboard for iPad tablets – judging by the application, which is software in the style of macOS, with this keyboard the iPad can turn into a kind of MacBook. The new variant looks more comfortable than most current iPad keyboards.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

Based on the pictures? Users will be able to end up with some sort of laptop with a detachable display. If retail plug-in versions of the Magic Keyboard for iPad look more like a hybrid of a relatively soft case and keys, then the new design is exactly a hard keyboard cover.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

The sketch shows an iPad-connected base roughly the same as Microsoft Surface devices. It is equipped with electromechanical keys and a large touchpad, characteristic of the MacBook. Judging by the description of the patent? The model can have a slot for a pen and a small touch screen similar to the Touch Bar.

Keyboards with similar specs but no Touch Bar are already available from third-party vendors like Logitech. In combination with iPad OS, Apple tablets are already quite capable of replacing laptops.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

The image also shows interface elements such as macOS-style Windows – however, the software itself is not described in any way in the application. Although Apple has never mentioned any intention to integrate macOS with tablets, the appearance of iPadOS indirectly indicates a gradual movement in this direction. A special version of the operating system for tablets is now in its fourth edition.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

At the same time, other Apple patents demonstrate the company’s extensive plans. So, the universal connector allows you to connect both a keyboard and other accessories from Apple itself and from third parties – for example, cameras and microphones, and according to the description even a second display. It should be borne in mind that this is not the first time the company has patented solutions, many of which failed to pass the sketch stage.

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