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.
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.
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.
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.
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.