Apple patent suggests new iPad Magic Keyboard design

Apple has filed a new patent for the Magic Keyboard that suggests it would do away with the floating design of the current Magic Keyboard. 

Highlights
  • Apple has filed a new patent for the Magic Keyboard that suggests it would do away with the floating design of the current Magic Keyboard. 
  • The new Magic Keyboard may have a sliding design to adjust the viewing angle of iPad Pro.
  • Although Apple has patented the new design, it’s unclear whether the company is going to build and launch the final product.

After recently launching the 2021 entry-level iPad and iPad mini, Apple seems to be working on a new design for the Magic Keyboard accessory. The company has filed a new patent for the Magic Keyboard that suggests it would do away with the floating design of the current Magic Keyboard. The current Magic Keyboard makes the iPad Pro feel like its floating over the keyboard, with a hinge to adjust the device’s position. The new patent shows a Magic Keyboard that shows the iPad placed on two hinges at the top end of the keyboard.

New iPad Pro Magic Keyboard design

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

According to the patent, the Magic Keyboard slides ahead with the iPad, allowing the user to easily adjust its viewing angle. The keyboard also has another layer below it that lets the iPad fold like a laptop. In the new patent, Apple has claimed that the new design offers “improved overall possible viewing angle adjustability, increased system stability at high viewing angles, laptop-like opening and closing behaviour, lighter weight, and implementation using low-cost components.” The hinge mechanism on the new design is pretty much the same as the current Magic Keyboard.

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Although Apple has patented the new design, it’s unclear whether the company is going to build and launch the final product. Many tech companies patent new designs that never really get produced. If Apple is planning to develop a new Magic Keyboard, it is unknown when it would launch.

Apple’s Magic Keyboard first launched with the 2020 iPad Pro. The portable accessory got a minor redesign for the 2021 iPad Pro line-up.