Apple patent for a hinged keyboard shows some very Mac-like features in iPadOS

Apple has been granted a patent (number 11,320,869) for a “hinged keyboard assessors having multiple installation modes” for the iPad. What’s really interesting is the graphics accompanying the patent, which shows some very Mac-like features in iPadOS, including a Finder.

About the patent

In the patent, Apple says that tablet computing devices are becoming ever more powerful and useful in a wide range of activities. The tech giant adds that, in some situations, it is desirable to use a keyboard or other auxiliary input device in addition to build-in input devices of a tablet computing device. 

However, Apple says that many traditional auxiliary input devices are difficult to use and undermine the advantages provided by a tablet. The company wants to change this.

And if the accompanying images, such as those included in this article, are any indication, Apple might bring more Mac-like features to the iPad along with new keyboards. Perhaps Apple is considering a table with three “iPad Pro modes” as suggested by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent with technical details: “An accessory device for a tablet computing device may include a base portion having one or more input devices (e.g., keyboards, trackpads, touchscreen displays, and the like) for providing inputs to the tablet computing device. 

“The accessory device may include a coupling mechanism for releasably coupling the base portion of the accessory device to a tablet computing device in multiple different installation modes. The coupling mechanism may include an auxiliary display for providing a graphical output along a surface of the coupling mechanism. Additionally or alternatively, the coupling mechanism may include a recess for receiving a stylus.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.