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Dual iPad Patent by Apple ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Ultimate Product Rumor

March 1, 2013

Introduction and Perspective: Rumors. What do they mean. To some, rumors are authentic wispers of truth from people that are in the know. To others rumors are complete fiction and the food for fools. And of course there is everything inbetween. For us these creations are an interesting combination of “ambitious wish lists of enthusiasts” married with “the words of amateur marketing executives,” in effort to determine the Next Iteration of an existing product, or more agressively, a New Product. With the litigiousness of our society these days, the Non Disclosure Agreements entered into by employees and engineers. In all sobriety, “The people that know, dont talk; the people that don’t, talk.” We’ll let you decide.


🔷 On February 28, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a system for magnetically attaching a tablet device to a supporting structure. Apple presents us with a series of possible new iPad stand configurations for such applications as a super advanced music stand, a way to connect two iPads together to create a notebook with a large virtual keyboard or a way to create a portable gaming system with an advanced video game controller. Apple has some wild ideas worth noting in this invention.

🔷 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 produced mechanical devices to accomplish this purpose; however since most tablets have no built in mounting mechanism the mounting device tends to be somewhat cumbersome and not easily removable. For example, in an upscale restaurant that has switched from paper menus and waiters to a tablet based ordering system customers might prefer to remove the tablet device from its stand while they peruse the menu. Forcing the diners to remove the tablet from a complex mechanical contraption will probably detract from the overall experience. It might even contribute to some of the tablet devices being dropped or damaged. Although most tablets do not include external attachment features, the iPad 2 does include magnetic attachment points.

🔷 The magnetic attachment points have been used nearly exclusively for attaching foldable cover attachments to one side of a tablet device enclosure. Although the foldable cover attachments do conveniently protect the screen from damage, they are not particularly compatible for use as a mounting system. This issue can be overcome by designing a more rigid attachment accessory configured to match up with the magnets built into the tablet device.

🔷 Apple’s patent FIG. 4 shown below illustrates another embodiment of the tablet holder that can be configured with two tablet devices secured together by stiff hinge 402.

Tablet devices which only contain a strong set of magnets on one side of the enclosure can be inserted into the tablet device holder in alternating directions as shown in the figure to maximize the magnetic attraction forces. Apple Tripod Stand for Photographer, Videographer

Apple’s patent FIG. 2 shows one use of the magnetic stand. In this embodiment the magnetic stand is attached to a small tripod via a one quarter inch tripod mount. In this configuration the tablet can be used by a photographer or videographer for reviewing photos or video as they are taken. A wireless transmitter can send data between the camera and the tablet device via a Wi-Fi signal, Bluetooth protocol, or even through an alternative signal received by a wireless receiver attached to the tablet device. In this way a light and portable secondary display can be easily configured for reviewing and displaying products without having to bring along a larger laptop or desktop computer.

🔷 Advanced Music Stand. In this embodiment Apple’s iPad holder can be used to support a music stand used to display sheet music on tablet screen. In this way, the strong magnetic connection between the tablet and the tablet holder would allow for a musician to quickly swipe the screen when page turns are required, without having to worry about the possibility of knocking it off its support.

A more advanced software configuration can allow the tablet device to turn the pages for the musician at appropriate points in the song. Another software implementation can allow the music to be advanced line by line. In another implementation a conductor can even wirelessly adjust the flow of the music played by a band with another stand mounted tablet, allowing the band to quickly adapt to last minute changes in a musical program.

🔷 Apple Tripod Stand for Photographer, Videographer. Apple’s patent FIG. 2 shows one use of the magnetic stand. In this embodiment the magnetic stand is attached to a small tripod via a one quarter inch tripod mount. In this configuration the tablet can be used by a photographer or videographer for reviewing photos or video as they are taken.

A wireless transmitter can send data between the camera and the tablet device via a Wi-Fi signal, Bluetooth protocol, or even through an alternative signal received by a wireless receiver attached to the tablet device. In this way a light and portable secondary display can be easily configured for reviewing and displaying products without having to bring along a larger laptop or desktop computer.

🔷 Apple’s patent FIG. 5A shows a magnetic stand supporting a tablet device from above, mounted to vehicle console of an automobile. This makes it easy for a passenger to securely mount the tablet device inside the car and to easily remove it before leaving the vehicle.

A vehicle mounted tablet mount can allow a number of additional features to be built into the mount. In this way the tablet could automatically connect to electronic devices built into the car itself. Given prior setup and pairing, Bluetooth and WiFi radio connections could be established moments after the tablet was snapped into place. With these connections activated car manufacturers could allow navigation, backup camera video, music selection, or even vehicle performance data to be displayed in the tablet device.

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Rumor ID: Advanced Uses of iPad or two iPads.

Rumor Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Viability Rated by Jimmy

Rumor Viability Comment: Patent Applications


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