Jony Ive envisions mail window, media controls and more for iPad’s Smart Cover

“On March 28, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that Jony Ive and his team have a few more features for their Smart Cover,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In August 2012 Apple revealed a mind boggling set of new possible features for the Smart Cover that ranged from inductive charging to built-in solar panels and the use of a flexible display to name a few of innovations being explored,” Purcher reports. “[These new] revelations are a little tamer but still interesting.”

Purcher reports, “Apple is considering adding physical soft buttons to the Smart Cover so that you could easily control your tunes. They’re also considering a built-in window so that you could keep tabs on incoming email, text messages, stock quotes and more… Apple credits Jonathan Ive, Duncan Kerr, Matthew Rohrbach, Steve Hotelling, Christopher Mullens, Martin Grunthaner, and Michael Cretella as the inventors of patent application 20130076614 which was originally filed in Q3 2011.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: iDownload Blog. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sarah” for the heads up.]

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  1. In theory, Apple could use the same general technology on the iPad cover as it uses on its mythical iWatch.

    In both instances a touch-sensitive display and simple interface is tethered to a nearby computer. Both will probably make heavy use of the Notifications function, providing a running account of activities taking place on the computer (iPhone or iPad).

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