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Apple patents a 5G HomePod and iPad Pro keyboard with integrated trackpad

When a company applies for a patent, the patent review process can take several years before it is granted. Today Apple received approval for a total of 38 patents, including two very interesting patents on a HomePod with 5G and an iPad Pro keyboard with integrated trackpad functions . It’s worth taking a closer look.

According to the Patently Apple website, the company has received a total of 38 patents, including two. These are a wireless speaker with 5G connectivity and a keyboard capable of supporting gestures similar to those of a touch screen. The date when each of these patents was applied for was 2015 and 2012, respectively, although neither of these devices has seen the light of day.

Apple patents a 5G HomePod and iPad Pro keyboard with integrated trackpad
Apple patents a 5G HomePod and iPad Pro keyboard with integrated trackpad

Patent 10,141,631 covers the concept of a speaker, not its design. What stands out from this patent and differs from others is that this speaker would have 5G connectivity , as well as support for calls and data in this type of network. At the time the patent was developed, as indicated in Patently Apple, Apple had just bought Beats.

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So it was logical to think at that time of a speaker like Beats Pill XL . Now that we know about the existence and later commercialization of the HomePod, this is the candidate device to receive cellular connectivity in the future.

iPad’s patented keyboard layout with gesture support.

The other striking patent is an iPad Pro keyboard with integrated trackpad functions. It’s the same one we saw a few weeks ago and which has just been granted today. This trackpad would help to select text on the tablet in a more comfortable way, a possibility we saw a year ago and that this patent clearly reminds us of.

However, this patent extends the possibilities of the device control beyond the cursor and the trackpad. According to the patent, “the tablet computer can receive commands from other sources such as the keyboard, mouse or possibly other devices”. It is obvious that Apple has investigated the use of a mouse on the iPad, although for the moment the company prefers to keep such investigations private.

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