“On August 2, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a mind boggling patent application from Apple that reveals features that they’re considering for their next generation Smart Cover,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“This is obviously a master patent that could play out in several stages and/or in different Smart Cover configurations depending on the user’s priorities,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s future Smart Cover could include interactive Multi-Touch panels or a secondary display and/or other features that include the use of solar panels, inductive charging, smart pen input and believe it or not, much more.”

Purcher reports, “Apple’s patent application was originally filed in Q3 2011 by the inventor Fletcher Rothkopf and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.”

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft, forever behind Apple.

iPad Smart cover patent application, Smart Cover with built-in keyboard

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