Apple unveiled its famous Smart Cover with the iPad 2 in 2011. Four years later, the Cupertino company is finally considering improving it. In a patent filed in 2013 with theUSPTO and granted this week, the Californian brand describes new features for its future iPads and their Smart Cover.
How about being able to take a look at your notifications or at the control center by lifting only part of the protection of your iPad? By removing a segment, you can adjust the volume and brightness. By removing a second one, you can for example watch a video on the device. That’s what Apple envisions in this patent.
Of course, for this to work, Apple would have to improve iOS on iPads and rework its sensors. Additional magnets in the design of future tablets could allow the device to recognize exactly how many segments of the Smart Cover are removed, in order to react accordingly.
With the rumor of a iPad Pro and its 12-inch screen, the technology described in the document could arrive in the coming months. The next tablet could offer improved multitasking (read: iPad: multitasking with two applications on the screen?), And using only part of the screen for certain applications would make sense.