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Apple Patent Points to Surface-Like Device

by Brandon Russell | April 9, 2013April 9, 2013 4:30 pm PDT


A patent filed by Apple in 2011 suggests the company is considering a Surface-like device, somewhere in between the iPad/MacBook Air. As two of Apple’s two most well known devices, aside from the iPod and iPhone, a sort of hybrid tablet certainly has the potential to be a hit among the Cupertino faithful. Of course, whether or not it’ll have more consumer-wide appeal will be the biggest obstacle.

The patent itself describes a touchscreen notebook computer with removable display, along with a base station that would power the display wirelessly. Apple’s iPad has fit a gap in the “post PC” era quite well among the average consumer, in many cases replacing computers altogether. Are those the kind of customers craving a hybrid device, too? Unlikely, and just because Apple filed a patent doesn’t mean such a device is on the way.

If such a device did come down the pipeline, Apple would likely need to tweak OS X/iOS to find a happy medium between mobile and desktop. At this point, we have no idea what to expect out of Apple this year aside from the usual iPhone/iPad combo. It’s unlikely we’d see a hybrid device anytime soon, but nothing would surprise us after that unbelievable iRing report we heard earlier this month.



Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...