Thursday March 23, 2017

Apple Reimagines the iPhone as a MacBook Touchpad

The fruit company’s latest idea is to turn an iPhone or iPad into a touchscreen MacBook. In one example, the former would be docked into a special laptop and act as the processor, graphics card, memory, and storage for the entire device. The handset would also function as the trackpad. I’ll just steal from the comments and suggest that Apple build a laptop with a touchscreen.

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As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple's application for an "Electronic accessory device" describes the company's take on an oft-attempted, but never fully realized idea. Specifically, the IP covers a "thin" accessory, a kind of "headless" device that contains traditional laptop hardware like a large display, physical keyboard, GPU, ports and more, but is incapable of functioning without a host. In this case, an iPhone or iPad would slot into the laptop-esque piece of kit to fill the role of CPU.