Another patent application from Apple demonstrates it toying with the possibility of a tablet controlled by an iPhone that is docked confront up where the touchpad is regularly situated.
The idea that a smartphone is a pocket-sized computer has spawned many dreams of creating a phone that is a PC. Microsoft has tried it with Continuum, Canonical wanted to do it for Ubuntu, and startup Jide hopes to bridge Android to the PC. The one thing all these attempts lack is Apple’s control over hardware.
Macintosh offers a mystery for how it may convey the idea in a recently distributed patent application for an “adornment gadget, for example, a tablet, that components a console, screen, battery, and maybe some memory, yet practically zero preparing power. The CPU would be conveyed by an associated “operational segment”, or a cell phone.
“The adornment gadget can have a frame consider relating to a tablet phone in that capacity can incorporate information yield assets, for example, a visual show and information assets, for example, a console,” Apple says.
“The embellishment gadget can likewise incorporate memory assets. The frill gadget can incorporate a port having an association system orchestrated to encourage a correspondence channel between the adornment gadget and a host gadget. Thusly, the host gadget uses assets gave by the embellishment gadget.”
Macintosh’s drawings position an iPhone-like gadget in a dock where a tablet’s touchpad is generally found, opening in with the cell phone’s touchscreen confronting up to go about as the touchpad.
After a correspondences channel between the two has been built up, the two gadgets turn into “a solitary computational element”, probably an iOS-controlled portable workstation.
While the portable PC would have almost no handling power, Apple takes into consideration the likelihood that it includes an illustrations preparing unit, or GPU. Be that as it may, for the fundamental part it envisions a uninvolved portable workstation like gadget fueled by its versatile friend, which could be an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or some other cell phone.
This plan leaves the portable workstation to give elements, for example, an extensive show, upgraded sound, mouse, and console.
In drawings, Apple likewise proposes lodging an iPad into the portable workstation show’s packaging to fill in as the touch show and also the principle handling unit.
Apple noticed a few ways the correspondences station can be set up, including ports and connectors for a wired setup, or remote conventions, for example, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, remote communication or radio get to innovation. The association could deal with information and power exchanges.
Along these lines the tablet’s battery could power or charge the telephone. The portable PC may likewise be connected to a power attachment to run both gadgets, however Apple additionally leaves open the likelihood that the telephone gives all the required power.
As fascinating as it is to see Apple envision what combining two frame elements could be, this is only a patent that depicts thoughts that might possibly wind up in some future item.
The patent was first reported by Apple Insider, which notes that Apple’s repeated suggestions that the iPad is a laptop replacement makes it unlikely that it will bring this product to market.