Apple Considers Embedding Second Touchscreen in iPad Smart Cover

Apple Considers Embedding Second Touchscreen in iPad Smart Cover

In a matter of months, Microsoft's Surface tablet with integrated keyboard will be available, and who knows what other innovations the company's hardware partners will bring to the table. Perhaps in an attempt to stay ahead of the curve, Apple is looking into embedding a touchscreen display into a new generation of Smart Covers for the iPad.

A filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTSO) reveals Apple's proposed design in some detail. Apple's thought process is that the Smart Cover's display could add an additional row of icons when opening the iPad in portrait mode, and in landscape mode, it could accommodate input from a stylus.

Apple Smart Cover Sketch

Another of Apple's sketches shows the iPad and Smart Cover as depicted above, but with the bottom three quarters dedicated to an integrated keyboard similar to Microsft's Surface, and the top quarter containing the secondary display portion.

None of this means as shipping product is imminent, but depending on when the next iPad (iPad 4) launches, we could see a new generation of Smart Covers like we've seen before.
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If Apple has any sense of its legacy they will remember that it has been incredibly opposed to a stylus. Steve Jobs said "why would we use a stylus we have ten" as he held up his hands.

It seems that the ingenuity and simplicity of Apple is fading, this new development will add at least 2 new parts to the iPad and perhaps make it more intimidating to the consumers.

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As far as Apple having creative Genius and it being Steve Jobs your incorrect. He was one of the best salesmen ever especially of ideas, but his direction is what made Apple so strong as well as his insight into what would be attractive both to people and within a concept. He did not "design" personally but he had the vision of a design and told whomever he had procured to do it. Then they (multiple designers) did many design and his insight into what would be an attractive design was used.

Apple has lost there insight which to me would be huge. Can they find someone else with such insight I don't know and to find someone as keen as him would be very rare I would think.

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I agree completely with what your saying, Steve Jobs wasn't necessarily a creative genius he just new what he wanted an how to focus his creative engineers on it, and had the sense to tell them when their product was ***. I guess i was viewing the Intuition of the late apple CEO as genius.

By the way, Johnny Ives leads the design team at apple responsible for most of the major developments in the Mac and i-anything areas. The fundamental question i was trying to ask was can apple stay true to its past, its ideals even.

To the concept that stark minimalism is beautiful that simplicity and functionality are paramount and lastly that the customer doesn't know what they want yet because we haven't invented it and put it in their hands yet." I am pretty young, just out of highschool and so far as i have watched technology every exciting advance in the technologies i interact with everyday has come largely through apple, and i dont want to lose that sense of euphoria every time there is a product keynote.

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In 2000, way before YouTube, I bought in England for 999 Pounds an 'OS 10 Server' to stream videos on line. The app I was supposed to use was called "Quick Time Streaming Server". Do you think I was ever able to broadcast any videos? My playlist would always appear "greyed out". Every time I contacted Apple about it they'd say: "this is a customer support issue, so you have to pay to get any assistance". A bug report turned into a nightmare. They asked for my 'MAC" number, and after that I was never able to get online. Apple has a "dark" side that most people prefer to ignore it. Has anyone ever been able to broadcast any video from an OS 10 Server? I don't think so.

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"Intuition of the late apple CEO as genius" I agree totally and that is my point really. if Apple was created by that particular genius how in the world will it run without it. He did leave a 3-5 year game plan from what I have heard. But without him I don't even see that working much past 2 years after he has left us. I say that because there will be things that need to be edited. Plus technology moves so fast now it will be well beyond what he saw I imagine in 3 years anyway. From everything I see Apple is going to have difficulty matching slate/tablets and smart phones past the upcoming generation much less the ones that came out these last couple of months.

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I say that because both the newest Galaxy unit and the Google one did not even exist in the real world 3 months ago operationally and therefore you cannot know there impact not to mention the Kindle Fire and the Nook color.

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rapid1 is right, leaving a 3-5 year game plan for the tech world is useless, even if it was from Steve Jobs. There are too many variables and the turnover rate of new technology is so fast that trying to predict what Apples' competitors will be able to achieve in a few months is futile.

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