It's not something new that Apple maintains its place on top of the search spot in Google week-in week-out. And while that happens with new devices from Apple rumored all across the web, it seems like the company has also started trending everywhere via its somewhat leaked patents showing what the future holds for the company.
Keeping up the trend, according to reports, a brand new patent related to the future iPads have arrived showing a new "Smart Case" with a keyboard attached to it. And if the patent finding indeed turns out to be true, iPad owners might soon have a new and a more compact option when choosing a keyboard in order to pair with their tablet.
But with Apple contemplating a redesigned iPad Smart Case with an integrated, multitouch keyboard, it seems like the new patent has arrived as one of the most potent features that could actually be implemented on a new iPad - as compared to the previous patents related to the same.
Apple recently revealed the new invention in a patent application that was uncovered first by AppleInsider. The patent, entitled "Cover for electronic device," shows the proposed case for the device which seems like conjugation of the company's existing Smart Case and Smart Cover, with the new addition of a thin touch-sensitive keyboard.
"Unlike similar products, Apple's design does not use the keyboard to form part of the exterior of the case. Instead, the keyboard is a separate piece that can be detached while still allowing the iPad to be fully ensconced in the case," Apple Insider writes.
And according to Apple, the keyboard could be connected to the iPad either wirelessly or via a physical plug. As of now, most third-party iPad keyboards connect via Bluetooth, and so does Apple's own popular aluminum wireless keyboard.
"While the current Smart Case and Smart Cover use magnets to stay in position, Apple envisions several other options for the new design. Buttons, snaps, buckles, Velcro, and "other types of mechanical enclosures" are among the options mentioned," the report adds.
However, that's all we know about the technology, as of now. But expect more details to arrive soon.