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Apple's dock patents hints at tablet

updated 10:00 am EST, Thu February 15, 2007

Apple's dock patent

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published Apple's patent application titled " Methods and apparatuses for docking a portable electronic device that has a planar like configuration and that operates in multiple orientations." The patent relates to docking stations for portable electronic devices that can operate horizontally or vertically. The patent depicts a "picture frame" styled dock capable of displaying the portable device as such, and details a rounded base with a swing-arm similar to Apple's older G4 iMac. Additionally, the Cupertino-based company introduces a locking mechanism for security purposes alongside improved techniques for transferring data and/or power between portable devices and the docking stations.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tablet to go...?

    Looks very kül... Perhaps a server/portable combo? Sign me up! ;-)

  1. jokell82

    Joined: Dec 1969



    More like a possibility of an iPhone docking station...

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wouldn't this just be the dock for the next, full-screen iPod? It doesn't have to be a tablet at all.

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