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Apple patent envisions a MacBook powered by your iPhone or iPad

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Apple patent envisions a MacBook powered by your iPhone or iPad

Apple has filed a patent for a MacBook housing this is powered by a docked iPhone or iPad. The patent entitled, 'ELECTRONIC ACCESSORY DEVICE' used to be filed September 20, 2016. It main points a pc taste housing having a recess during which you'll be able to position your iPhone or iPad. In a single embodiment, the housing will have restricted or no knowledge processing assets however have output assets equivalent to a display and enter assets comparable to a keyboard. It would even have reminiscence assets. As soon as docked the 2 units would function as a unmarried computational entity with the iPhone wearing out considerably all extensive computational processing.

Right here’s an excerpt from the patent summary:
The existing software describes more than a few embodiments of techniques and strategies for offering inner parts for moveable computing units having a skinny profile. Extra in particular, the existing software describes an digital accent tool to be had to increase and make bigger usefulness of a moveable computing tool.
The handset would double as a trackpad, whole with Drive Contact enter (by the use of three-D Contact) and haptic comments (by means of iPhone’s Taptic Engine). As famous by AppleInsider, the surface space of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is “very identical” to that of the enlarged trackpad on Apple’s new MacBook Professional fashions.

An iPad model of the dock would come with out a integrated display as a result of your docked tablet would develop into the show with multi-touch enter. The patent software does now not outline whether or not the dock would run iOS, macOS or a hybrid running gadget that would beef up each contact interactions and pixel precision supplied by a trackpad.

, as an example, have been one of the crucial first units to send with its Webtop platform, permitting them to be positioned into the corporate’s HD Multimedia Dock or Pc Dock equipment to get right of entry to an Ubuntu-based desktop.

Will have to Apple flip this concept into a actual product?

Supply: USPTO by means of AppleInsider


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