March 27, 2014
Apple could be working on a new iPad Smart Case that would include a multitouch keyboard. The aptly named “Cover for electronic device” is the topic of a new Apple patent application recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and first discovered by PatentlyApple. Unlike the input device that comes with Microsoft’s Surface tablet cover, the one presented here doubles as a multitouch gesture keyboard. As a result, there is no need for a separate touchpad. Also worth noting: the keyboard is a separate piece of equipment and does not form part of the exterior of the case like similar products on the market. John Elias is credited as the sole inventor of patent application 20140083883, which was originally filed in the third quarter of 2012. See also: New Apple Patent Details An Activity Tracker Built Into A Pair Of Headphones.