According to AppleInsider, the patent application was first filed for in September 2016 and mentions a Brett W. Degner as its inventor. The application further suggests that the accessory can be formed in different designs, but primarily it works in a way to house iPhone and iPad and in what appears to be the full-fledged laptop. The device also comes with a communication interface, allowing power transfer, which could possibly a smart connector.
The smartphone or the tablet housed in the device can be used to transfer data and commands to the accessory through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or any other proprietary connectivity protocol. The device could possibly allow smartphones to run desktop-versions of iOS apps. And the host device could also be used as a touch input.
Patent applications don’t necessarily hint at immediate product launch, but gives a good idea about a company could possibly explore in the future. At the moment, Apple is focusing on its new lineup of iPad that launched earlier this week. Called 9.7-inch iPad, it succeeds the iPad Air 2 that was launched back in November 2014
The new iPad runs on Apple’s 64-bit A9 dual-core (Twister) SoC paired M9 motion co-processor, and 2GB of RAM. The base variant comes with 32GB storage and the top-end model features 128GB storage. In terms of variants, you still get Wi-Fi only, and Wi-Fi+Cellular.