The US Patent & Trademark Office has published an application submitted by Apple that reveals the future design of the iPad.
The application indicates a built-in stand that pivots for landscape and portrait positioning while also enabling the iPad to be angled so that it can be used with the unit’s virtual keyboard, reports PatentlyApple
The new and advanced stand supports one of Apple’s other patents for added connectors as a feature of the new model iPad. Apple’s invention could also eradicate the need for the current docking station.
A built-in stand is likely to be popular with consumers as the market for tablet devices and the need for improved display orientations continues to expand. And while the object in the patent is clearly an iPad or tablet computer, Apple is opening the door for device stand features to be incorporated in the future designs for iPhone, gaming devices, televisions and projectors.