Apple wins a Patent for a next-gen iPhone Case with Keyboard, Trackpad & more
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent that relates to possible next-gen iPhone casing that uses magnets to hold it in place while upright and even incorporates an embedded keyboard and trackpad. The cover will also use a new flexible material for bending the cases into the position that's right for the user.
Apple's Patent FIG. 8A presented below we're able to see a front perspective view of an embodiment of a case (#800) that includes magnets for creating a magnetic trough in which the computing device can hover above as a result of magnetic repulsion and at least one or more flexible regions of the case.
Apple's patent FIG. 8B noted above illustrates a front perspective view of the case shown in FIG. 8A, with the computing device removed from the case so that you can see the back side magnet that will keep the mobile device in place.
This is Apple's third granted patent for this invention. Patently Apple first covered this invention as a patent application back in 2017. In this third granted patent, Apple added 20 new patent claims that covers the keyboard and trackpad (touch pad) for the front cover plus deeper details about the magnetics system.
For more details on Apple's new patent claims, review Apple's granted patent 11,018,710.