Apple patents an iPad keyboard that turns it into a Mac

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This new patent brings us a very interesting solution to the iPad, with a new interface when connecting an external keyboard.

A new patent has just been acquired by Apple Watch a new iPad keyboard that not only makes the iPad more useful, but also completely transforms it into a Mac by changing the interface From the device. The possibilities of iPadOS have been talked about time and time again, especially when we use it with an external keyboard and mouse, and this patent makes those possibilities a reality.

In fact, what the patent seems to show is a sort of hybrid device, similar to Microsoft’s Surface, a kind of MacBook with a touchscreen. But we know that it’s not in Apple’s philosophy. Currently, iPads and Macs have the same M1 processor. The only possibility, then, is for an iPad keyboard which slightly transforms it into a more desktop-oriented device.

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This is Apple’s latest patent

As reported obviously applethe patent also suggests that the keyboard hinge can magnetically support the Apple Pencil or it can even support other accessories like a camera, projector or microphone. Of course, the iPad itself needs to be updated when this accessory comes out.

It has already been said that Apple will change multitasking in iPadOS 16 in some way, with a windowed view similar to the one we have in macOS. If this is filled, maybe it could be an interface that will only be activated when connecting a keyboardsimilar to what appears in this patent granted to Apple.

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This would be the iPad interface when connecting a keyboard

Of course, like so many other Apple patents we’ve seen, it could be just that, an idea. Most of the patents we’ve seen never materialize into a final device, or if they do, it’s after several years. Perhaps Apple is only guaranteeing designs for a future hybrid device that will arrive in a few years.

An entire Mac on a keyboard is Apple’s latest (and crazy) patent

We’ll see if that patent is fulfilled, or if something similar finally happens. To be honest, that would be really interesting to reach the iPad and it would undoubtedly make the Apple tablet a much more productive device.

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