The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent on a ‘Smart’ Cover that is significantly more smarter than the existing Smart Cover for the iPad Pro. The patent describes a smart cover with a built-in display that can be used to further extend the display of the iPad.
This secondary display, however, can only be used to display basic text information like reminders and notifications. The patented Smart Cover also features a Smart Connector port that connects to an iPad Pro-like device for power and connectivity needs. Some illustrations accompanying the patent suggest that the display can be used as a trackpad as well.
Another illustration in the patent shows an Apple Pencil like stylus being used to draw on the secondary display of the cover. Even if this patented Smart Cover from Apple becomes a reality down the line, it is unlikely that we will see the secondary display being used for drawing purposes, since the Apple Pencil and new iPad Pros suffice in that department.
The patent was first filed by Apple in 2011, and in five years since then, half the technology shown in the patent by Apple have become a part of its devices. Perhaps, it is only a matter of a few more years before we really see this ‘smart’ Smart Cover from Apple being available for the iPad.[Via Patently Apple]