One of the most useful accessories for the iPad is the Smart Keyboard . This keyboard allows you to work comfortably with text processing and, once you’re done with your task, works as a sleeve that protects both the back and front of the device. With the iPad Pro (2018) Apple made some changes to the keypad-case, mainly by changing the position of the Smart Connector , creating the Smart Keyboard Folio.
Although one of the strong points of the product is that it does not need a battery or use a Bluetooth connection, as it is powered by the Smart Connector , it does have some shortcomings . For example, it doesn’t have media control keys to pause or play content, or to turn the volume up or down. However, a new Apple patent could solve this problem.
The first generation iPad appeared in 2010, but Apple did not release the Smart Keyboard until 2015 with the release of the first iPad Pro. Until then, the only official way to protect the device was to use the Smart Cover or Smart Case . However, in August 2012, the company applied to file a patent showing a Smart Cover with a flexible touch surface, solar panels and integrated keyboard . And the first time this patent was granted was in May 2016, as told by Apple.
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Now, Apple has been granted a “continuation patent” for this device, taking the path of being a kind of Touch Bar, like the one we can find in the MacBook Pro, for the Smart Keyboard Folio of the iPad Pro. This panel would show application-specific virtual keys displayed on the screen , just like on laptops.
Whether we will ever see a Smart Keyboard Folio of this kind or not, only time will tell . Apple patents many ideas about future devices or technologies that don’t always end up materializing in the form of a product, such as the smart ring with touch screen, microphone and speaker.