Apple Patent Envisions Turning Your iPhone or iPad Into a MacBook
Apple Patent Envisions Turning Your iPhone or iPad Into a MacBook
Apple Patent Envisions Turning Your iPhone or iPad Into a MacBook

Apple has filed a patent that could see a future where an iPhone and a MacBook combine to make a hybrid. A patent filing published on Thursday reveals possible future designs where an iPhone or an iPad can be used as accessories or components for a MacBook. Apple Patent Envisions Turning Your iPhone or iPad Into a MacBook.

Apple’s patent application, which was originally filed in September, was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent filing for an electronic accessory device shows a traditional laptop that will not function without a host device. Host devices would provide “internal components for portable computing devices having a thin profile.” The host device, in this case an iPhone, will fit into a slot on the laptop and will act as the CPU. Essentially, this would turn it into a iPhone-powered laptop.

“It is anticipated that the accessory device is not a stand-alone computing device but only acts in concert with a host device,” the patent says. “The host device can be a portable computing device, such as a smart phone, media player, tablet computer, or other portable computing device.”

Apple Patent Envisions Turning Your iPhone or iPad Into a MacBook
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Theoretically, the host device could serve a number of purposes to “expand usefulness of a portable device” such as acting an extended storage device, or, in the case of the design above, using the iPhone as a multi-touch trackpad with Force Touch and haptic feedback. Another design shows an iPad acting as touchscreen display for the laptop, fitting into a slot which is usually meant for the laptop screen. This certainly looks like a way to achieve a touchscreen MacBook.

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It’s worth remembering that most patent filings usually never come to fruition, but this one does offer an insight into what Apple thinks could be the future of its product lineup.