“On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a grand patent application from Apple that reveals their plans of integrating mini or pico-like projectors into future iOS devices while introducing a likely projector accessory for MacBooks,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple has been working on this idea for some years now. In June 2009 Apple first hinted that they would one day integrate a projector system into iOS devices,” Purcher reports. “In March 2010 Apple’s broad patent application came to light concerning networked projection systems and later in April 2010 we learned that Apple’s research teams had begun working on integrating a projector into a MacBook.”

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Purcher reports, “Today’s incredibly detailed patent application reveals how they’re working on pico-like projectors for iOS devices and how these projectors will work with a shared workspace in presentations. Apple’s patent even details how they’ll introduce advanced gesturing that will be able to interpret shadow and silhouette gesturing associated with presentations in a darkened environment. The level of detail associated with this patent would suggest that Apple’s development teams are moving full steam ahead on the projection system project which will further push the likes of Apple’s iPad into the enterprise.”

Read more in the full article, which includes Apple’s patent app illustrations, here.