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Apple Wins Patent for the iPad Pro's Magic Keyboard with Floating Design yet with Future Twists like a new Apple Pencil Charger +

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Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Invents an Alternative iPad Pro Magic Keyboard with Touch Sensitive Strips to replace the Trackpad & more." Today, Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding Apple's new Magic Keyboard with a floating design. Apple's granted patent reveals possible next-gen improvements/additions including an insert for Apple Pencil for easy transportation and charging.


Apple's patent FIG. 1 below illustrates an isometric view of an electronic system that can include an accessory article (Apple Pencil) and a portable electronic device (iPad Pro); FIG. 2A illustrates a side view of the electronic system shown in FIG. 1, showing the system a closed configuration with a new Apple Pencil retainer and recharger.


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Apple's patent FIG. 5 illustrates an isometric view of the electronic system shown in FIG. 1, showing the electronic device separated from the article along with a digital pen; FIG. 7C illustrates a transition of the electronic system transitioning from a closed configuration to a clipboard configuration. The design also illustrates that it could be lifted to a higher elevation with a second hinge configuration.


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Apple's patent FIG. 7D further illustrates the "clipboard mode/configuration."; FIG. 8 shows a block diagram of a method 800 for automatically altering an operation state of a portable electronic device based on the configuration of an article removably coupled to the portable electronic device.


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When in clipboard mode or third mode, Apple notes that the electronic device in the third mode can automatically launch an application such as a note-taking application or a drawing application because the clipboard configuration can be associated with a "scratch pad" configuration for users to use a digital pen. The exact application launched can be based on a user setting that is user selectable.


Apple's granted patent 10,664,012 was originally filed in Q3 2018 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.


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