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Apple's patent for foldable iPad uses same approach as the Surface Duo and Neo

By Cookie Monster - on 11 Mar 2020, 10:49am

Apple's patent for foldable iPad uses same approach as the Surface Duo and Neo

The Microsoft Surface Neo.

Apple's patent application for a foldable iPad seems to use the same approach as the Microsoft Surface Duo and Neo. 

Spotted by Patently Apple, the patent describes how a foldable iPad can have a "joint operating mode" where one image can be seamlessly divided into two screens. This is made possible by sensor measurements and other information which are used to detect when an edge of the first device is adjacent to the edge of a second device.

In the "joint operating mode", images can extend across displays on the device while sensors and other resources may be shared. The patent also describes how magnetic components are used to align the screens in a variety of orientations. 

Rumours about Apple working on a foldable device have been circulating for years. Research firm IHS Markit claimed last year that Apple is working on a foldable iPad with a screen size of between 12 to 15 inches. The foldable iPad is said to debut in 2021. Samsung is reportedly supplying foldable displays to Apple for testing purposes.

Source: Patently Apple via 9to5Mac