A new Apple patent first discovered by Patently Apple describes an interesting new iPhone and iPad case featuring an embedded keyboard.
The iPhone case in the patent uses magnets to hold the device in place while the iPad version uses a new hinge system.
Here’s more from the report:
Apple’s invention relates to folio cases for computing devices. The case includes cover portions configurable as a stand for the computing device, and a flexible region between the cover portions. The flexible region is configured to provide a torsional force that counteracts at least some force exerted by the computing device when the cover portions are configured as the stand.
In the application for the smaller version of the case, it does mention that the embedded keyboard would be electrically coupled to a conductive pathway. Other versions would swap a keyboard for other things including a speaker, microphone, or touch pad.
The patent was first filed in the third quarter of 2016.
While a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that the mentioned product will ever hit the market, it does show that Apple is looking to make productivity even easier using an iPhone or iPad.