iPad to Challenge Microsoft Surface Tablet With Smart Cover: Report
Apple could debut an iPad cover with touch-screen capability, according to a patent filing revealed in early August.Apple is certainly no stranger to innovation, and with the expectations running higher than ever, the company may be gearing up to steal yet more thunder from the tablet market it already dominates. According to patent documents filed Aug. 2 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and first discovered by the Mac-centric blog AppleInsider, Apple is working on a type of smart cover for its popular tablet that could include touch sensitivity and feature a magnetic connection to the device to share information on the screen. Under the filing title Cover Attachment With Flexible Display, the component is described in the filing as a bendable flap configured to present visual information, including a data connector, which can pass data information between the flap and the tablet. Thin flexible display technology can be integrated into the flexible cover without affecting the overall form factor of the cover or tablet device. Adding the integrated display to the flexible cover greatly enhances the overall functionality of the tablet device, the filings abstract stated.
The patent claim notes that while tablets can perform an extensive variety of tasks, the overall functionality of tablets still has room for improvement, such as increasing the display area, which could lead to a significant expansion in functionality. The flap would be powered through wireless means and offer a method for passing information between the flap and the tablet. Other features could include the ability to use a stylus on the flap, according to the filing.