Apple to use magnets to attach accessories on iPad
Posted by Techtonicc
The US Patent and Trademark Office published earlier today that Google has put a patent on a “Magnetic Attachment Unit”. This patent describes how the iPad’s current magnet system could be expanded to allow the device to connect to docks, joysticks, cameras, and even other iPads. This way, consumers would not have to spend time thinking about what type of connector they need when they are purchasing their next iPad accessory.
As described in the patent, accessories would be able to connect to any side of the device (including the bottom). Users would also be able to connect and disconnect the accessory by pressing the home button.
The patent also describes a “magnetic ring” that will supposedly give users the ability to move your hand above the screen in order to take advantage of some features.
Other possibilities of what could be developed from this “Magnetic Attachment Unit” is that two iPads would be able to connect to each other and send content displayed from one screen to the other. Also, you could turn your tablet into a computer by attaching a second iPad, and using it as a virtual keyboard for the main iPad.
This will definitely open up a large doorway of opportunities but unfortunately just because they filed the patent, doesn’t mean that we will ever see the technology. However, it does look to be very possible since the current iPad already has magnets built in (to support smart covers) so we may see this technology in the near future.
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Posted on February 20, 2014, in android, CES, google, google operating system, tablet, technology, techtonicc, touch screen and tagged apple, apple iOS magnets, ipad magnets, magnet patent apple, magnetic attachment unit apple, tablet magnets. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.