When the outside world thought that the keyboard of the iPad would be difficult to make new breakthroughs, Apple launched the Magic Keyboard of the iPad Pro, which can be suspended this year, which surprised everyone. However, in the newly exposed Apple patent documents , it shows the new keyboard. In the original idea, it is actually possible to store the Apple Pencil in the hinge part.
The patent document "Accessories for Portable Electronic Devices" mainly describes how to make iPad a double-twisted, three-segment design suspended on a keyboard stand. But unlike the clever control keyboard we have seen so far, the patent details describe that the main hinge of the keyboard is hollow, and can be used to store stylus or general pen.
But why did we not finally see such a design on the smart keyboard, I think there are two possibilities. First, because if you insist on making a space that can hold the stylus, in addition to the design is more difficult, The hinge part must also be enlarged, which may make the keyboard more bulky, and may waste space for users who do not use the stylus, and also waste the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) that can be adsorbed on the iPad Pro side Edge design, maybe Apple eventually gave up this design.
Second, this design may be launched in the future and may be applied to other styles of iPad. Because Apple Pencil (1st generation) cannot be carried on the side of the supported iPad, it is more cumbersome to carry. This design can bring convenience to users and may promote the purchase of Apple Pencil (1st generation) gas. And in the patent image, it can be clearly seen that the so-called "electronic device" is not the iPad Pro 11 inches or 12.9 inches.
However, in addition to the storage design of the Apple Pencil, an interesting idea can be found in the patent, that is, the third hinge of the keyboard. The hinge has a larger expansion angle, which allows the user to obtain it without operating the keyboard. More viewing angle, or used to let iPad show the best handwriting, drawing angle. But just like the storage space of the Apple Pencil, we didn't see this design on the keyboard.