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Apple working on iPad Macbook hybrid according to patent

Apple could be working on its own hybrid laptop, combining an iPad and a MacBook, which display can be removed from the base according to a new patent.

The patent reveals that the hybrid could take the form of a base similar to the lower half of a MacBook Pro, with a removable display akin to an iPad 4. This display could also be rotatable and close in a clam fashion.

This detachable display may wirelessly communicate from the base via Wi-Fi or BlueTooth for example and has the potential to include a unique wire-free power transferral system between the base and the display. Using coils or capacitive plates the two devices could transfer power between themselves, meaning the display could be remotely powered by an AC-connected device.

The screen could also wireless connect to phones, camera or other smart devices without the need for wires, and the base could wield the potential to connect to peripherals that are then utilised by the detached screen.

Like an iPad, the hybrid’s display would be touchscreen and allow for input functionality when removed from the base. The two sections would connect using a latch or a spring, which could potentially retract into the housing when detached, keeping the devices neat and clean. This may work via magnetic force to pull the “support members” in or out of the body of the display and base.

The design seems elegant enough, theoretically fitting with Apple’s beautiful range of devices.

If this patent is brought to fruition, Apple could produce a hybrid to rival devices like the Microsoft Surface, Asus Vivo Tab or Dell XPS 10.

However, it isn’t guaranteed that Apple will ever bring the product to market, but we could see the wireless power transferral system could find its way into future Apple devices.

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Via: Patently Apple

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