Apple’s new patent points to iPhone-powered laptop

The USPTO has published an Apple patent filing describing a way by which you would dock your iPhone into the MacBook-like shell and power it using the smartphone.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2017 11:37 am
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Apple could possibly be thinking of a different kind of computing experience. The idea is to turn your iPhone into a full-fledged computer. The US Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent filing describing a way by which you would dock your iPhone into the MacBook-like shell and power it using the smartphone. The patent application, which was earlier discovered by Apple Insider, is called, simply “Electronic accessory device”.

The patent application, which was earlier discovered by Apple Insider, is called, simply “Electronic accessory device”. An image in the patent shows a dump laptop terminal, featuring a slot near the trackpad where you can dock it the iPhone. While the laptop still provides the screen, keyboard, GPU and ports, the iPhone will only act as the trackpad but also used to drive the whole unit. And that’s not all. There’s another sketch that shows the iPad as the screen inside the laptop chassis.

Also read: Samsung’s DeX Station accessory for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ leaked

As always, there’s no guarantee whether Apple would go ahead with its plans to turn the dump laptop terminal “smart” with the help of an iPhone. But it does give us an idea of how Apple is thinking to bridge the gap between a smartphone and laptop. The patent application is interesting in a sense that in the future 2-in-1 hybrids could get power from the smartphone.

For now, no company has managed to merge the smartphone and laptop yet. HP Elite X3 is one such example, which connects to a laptop-style dock using Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum. In the past, Motorola tried something similar with its Atrix smartphone which when slip it into a Lapdock that transformed into an 11.6-inch netbook.

Apple’s plans are completely different from Samsung’s DeX Station for the Galaxy S8, which was reported earlier this week. Basically, the DeX Station accessory turns the Galaxy S8 into a desktop computer similar to that of Microsoft’s Continuum for Windows Mobile.

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    dougs
    Jun 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    Android user here. I saw an article about Samsung Dex and thought an interesting business would be to have kiosks at airports where you can rent a laptop "chassis" to plug into your phone. Of course Apple will get to this first. I bought a Redfly years ago to connect to my HTC Windows phone
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      Raj Kumar
      Apr 15, 2017 at 2:21 am
      Its encouraging to me that an interest still persists in this idea six years since a Forbes article was published on my inventions. s: www.forbes /sites/elizabethwoyke/2010/11/24/transform-your-smartphone-into-an-e-reader-tablet-or-notebook-one-inventors-idea/#741aa36472b4
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