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Apple patent filing reveals hybrid notebook/tablet

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013
News Categories: Apple, iPad

A newly published patent filing reveals possible Apple plans for a hybrid notebook/tablet computer, according to a report. The invention could involve a keyboard-laden base and removable display — two components that could communicate wirelessly. Also noted as a possibility is the ability to transfer power wirelessly, perhaps through coils or capacitive plates.

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In some embodiments of the patent filing, the removable display would incorporate touchscreen technology. Novel in the invention is a set of retracting magnetic connectors that would enable the screen to physically attach to the keyboard when necessary, while disappearing to make the screen a standalone tablet when not in use. It’s unclear whether the fruits of this concept would be a Mac, iPad, or something inbetween, but the images are disclaimed as merely illustrative of a design possibility. [via Patently Apple]

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1

Looks like the Microsoft Surface

Posted by FerrariJake on April 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM (PDT)

2

There is already a HP tablet/ laptop hybrid being advertised with the exact same functionality. I think it is called Envy. The bottom part of the laptop for the HP is identical to the MacBook Air.

Posted by Sreedhar on April 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM (PDT)

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