Apple is planing to put display on the Smart Cover
It is not the first time that Apple patented a new smart cover with a display on it, but this time, patents are more detailed.
Apple actually got different patents for different smart covers.
First one is the idea of putting a second display to your iPad. However, this screen will be flexible. It will be connected to your iPad like the Smart Cover. Also, Apple’s new smart connector on iPad Pro ( 9.7-inch and 12-inch ) will be handy to power up the display. We do not know if this display will be touchscreen or not.
Next patent is basically the updated version of the current Smart Keyboard, but with a touchscreen. Two displays. Hmm. I think I remember this. Yes, I do because Acer’s Iconia 6120 used to have two displays. Putting two displays on a laptop was not a great idea but we will see if it is useful on a tablet or not. The interesting part is the pen in the patent which means Smart Keyboard with a display will probably support the Apple Pencil.
Third one is very similar to the current Smart Cover. However, it also has displays on it. Unlike the previous ideas, we have seen this one in the past ( in different patents ). Also, again, smart connector is a great solution to power these displays. Maybe that was one of the reasons why Apple used a smart connector in the new iPad Pro series.
Forth one is also similar with the current smart cover and with the previous patent, but this one has a display inside the cover. Furthermore, it even has a solar panels, but they are located inside the cover. Right now, it is not a clear if this solar panel will only charge the cover and power up the display or will it also charge your iPad.
The last patent is the idea of putting a display on the Smart Keyboard. However, unlike the second patent, it will not remove the keyboard. It will still have the keyboard on the cover, but it will also have an additional display over the keyboard.
These are patents which means there is a chance that Apple may not release any of these covers soon, but do not forget that we have seen the Apple pencil first in the patents, and then Apple released it. Also, it is not really hard to do these covers with displays beacuse the latest iPads have a special connector that is great to power up these displays. However, the problem is that even without a display, Apple’s smart serie accesories are not very cheap, and putting a display will make those covers even more expensive.