New Apple patent
Apple has received a patent describing a solution that allows you to change the interface of the iPad operating system to something similar to the one known from macOS when an external keyboard is connected to the tablet.
It describes an accessory that looks like a classic keyboard with a trackpad. However, it is different from the keyboards we know today. The company assumes that the interface of the operating system installed on the device connected to the patented solution will change.
The software, possibly iPadOS, will change its appearance to look more like the operating system found on Apple desktop computers. Moreover, the ability to work with this interface using Apple Pencil has been included. This means that the company wants to use the potential of the touch screen, which is not available in Mac computers.
What’s more, the patent also provides for the ability to detach the keyboard from the MacBook. This will mean that in the future devices will be sold that will be tablets with macOS installed and a keyboard. This seems unlikely.
It is worth recalling that in April, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg presented similar reports. He claims that in the future iPad will be able to work in three modes (interface versions). Two of them will allow you to control the tablet using the touch screen, but one will be adapted for use with your fingers and the other with a stylus. The third mode, tentatively called “pro”, will resemble the interface of desktop operating systems and will be activated when an external keyboard is connected.
Source: MacRumors, PatentlyApple.