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Apple patent application points to iPhone-powered laptop
Apple patent shows iPhone laptop hybrid.
Patents are far from everyone's favorite topic, however, due to their nature, companies must disclose cool stuff they might be working on.
Filed in September 2016, an Apple patent essentially details a laptop shell that is powered by an iPhone.
Going through the patent claims, here's how the accessory would work.
Would not work.
The laptop-like shell would have a recessed housing for an electronic host device.
In the illustration, that host device appears to be an iPhone.
The iPhone would still be able to receive touch inputs from a person.
The shell itself would not do much besides provide power, a keyboard, and a display This isn't apple's first patent like this.
Back in 2004, Apple filed for a patent on a media player system.
It detailed the various ways that doc and iPod, including a laptop and an iMac.
As you can see, patents don't necessarily see we'll ever see a product However, considering the new MacBook Pros integrate a touch bar, the idea of a dual-interface Apple product would not be entirely foreign to consumers.
Motorola tried something similar years ago with the Motorola Atrix 4G.
The design was far from elegant, with the phone being housed in the back of the laptop.
Of the design, scenic editor Scott Stein said, "A more sensible idea to me, would have been to dock the Atrix in the bottom of the keyboard deck, flat, so that you could still operate the touch screen like a second screen." That was back in 2011.
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