Apple wants to make a magnetic stand for iPads that will hold the tablet securely in place, while also allowing for quick removal when needed, according to a patent application published today.
Spotted by Patently Apple, the application includes images of various tablet mounting situations, including inside cars, on tripods, treadmills, and on a music sheet stand. Apple even thinks the technology could be used to connect two iPads with a magnetic hinge.
Apple writes in the application:
Tablet devices are used in an increasingly wide range of applications. In many of these applications a way for conveniently mounting the device is required. A number of manufacturers have tried to produce such a device; however since most tablets have no built-in mounting mechanism, mounting devices tend to be somewhat cumbersome and generally do not allow for easy removal.
Therefore, what is desired is a way for securely attaching a tablet device to a stand where it can be removed and replaced with ease.
Apple also makes note that there will be a shield in place on the magnetic mounting to protect other nearby devices that are sensitive to strong magnetic fields. This probably would apply to credit cards swiped in a card reader attached to an iPad.