Apple obtained a patent for a foldable iPad cowl/stand able to holding the pill up in a variety of viewing angles. It’s a notable enchancment over the present Apple Smart Cover.
After all, there are many third-party folding iPad stands with comparable capabilities. However individuals are extra prone to choose Apple’s model as a result of it’s Apple.
Apple’s potential foldable iPad stand
Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace for “Multi-angle support cover for electronic devices” (#11,209,870). It covers “equipment for digital gadgets which can be designed to assist and current the digital gadgets at a number of angles to a consumer.”
The design takes the Japanese artwork of paper folding as its inspiration. “The accent items can embody a panel that has a versatile substrate with a community of structural parts which can be organized to fold the panel into completely different types and shapes much like origami,” says the patent submitting.
Pictures within the documentation present iPad covers that wrap tightly across the pill however unfold to carry up the display screen. There are a number of doable designs. That features designs which have room for a keyboard, like a extra superior model of the present Apple Smart Keyboard Folio.
Apple’s patent submitting doesn’t limit itself to iPad. The essential designs may be used for iPhone, although Apple doesn’t make a foldable iPhone cowl/stand. Others do, nonetheless.
Not solely a chance… a actuality
The truth that Apple patented an iPad cowl/stand able to holding the pill up at a number of viewing angles isn’t conclusive proof that it’s going to launch one. The corporate often will get patents for designs which can be by no means seen once more.