A future iOS gadget might have the option to truly turn out to be a piece of a bigger PC, for example, a MacBook Pro so as to give additional highlights and capacities, as per the recording; an idea to some degree like the PowerBook Duo of decades past, which could space into a unit to make a work area Mac.
“The appearance of a portable computing device, including its design and its heft, is important to a user, as the outward appearance contributes to the overall impression that the user has of the portable computing device,” writes Apple in “Electronic Accessory Device”, US Patent No 10,545,542. “However, due to restrictive amount of available space, the portable computing device can require additional resources to provide extended functionality.”
One drawing included with the patent show an apparently MacBook Pro-like gadget where the trackpad has been supplanted with an opening for an iPhone to go into. Another shows the equivalent bigger gadget yet this time with an iPad opening in where the presentation typically is.
The gadget has the structure factor of a MacBook Pro yet Apple’s patent portrays it as just being an “embellishment gadget” to the iPhone or another little “have gadget.”
“[An] accessory device can have limited or no data processing resources,” it says. “The accessory device can have a form factor corresponding to a laptop computer and as such can include data output resources such as a visual display and input resources such as a keyboard.”
“The accessory device can also include memory resources,” it continues. “The accessory device can include a port having a connection mechanism arranged to facilitate a communication channel between the accessory device and a host device. In this way, the host device utilizes resources provided by the accessory device.”
One such association system can be where the host gadget can use every one of the highlights of the adornment. Similarly as with the old PowerBook Duo dock, Apple depicts such electronic frill as not being usable without anyone else’s input.
“[The] electronic accessory device can be considered a ‘thin’ device, in that it extends the functionality of another device but is inoperable by itself as a stand-alone device. As such, the accessory device can have little or no independent processing resources in the form of a CPU or similar comprehensive processor,” says Apple.
“The accessory device, however, can provide auxiliary processing resources, such a graphical processing unit, or GPU, or other processing resources that can support the functions of the portable computing device,” it continues.
While the majority of the portrayals and the entirety of the drawings show iPhones and iPads, Apple considers this to be office as something numerous gadgets can utilized.
“[It] is anticipated that the accessory device is not a stand-alone computing device but only acts in concert with a host device. The host device can be a portable computing device, such as, for example, a smart phone, media player, tablet computer, or other portable computing device,” it concludes.
The sole credited innovator on the patent, Brett W. Degner, has in excess of 100 different licenses, most as of late incorporating one to do with Apple’s latent capacity bended glass iMac overhaul.