Apple developing slimmer hinges, improved tactile feedback for iPad keyboards

Apple is working on a type of hinge mechanism for an iPad keyboard case that could fold flatter than standard assemblies, as well as new methods of providing adjustable tactile key feedback.Credit: Andrew O’Hara, AppleInsiderThe first patent, titled “Accessory Devices for Portable Electronic Devices,” details a tablet keyboard case with a new method for offering adjustable viewing positions. Although traditional hinges rely on engagement between a shaft and a clip, the patent outlines a way to different components to mimic the functionality of traditional hinge assemblies.Read more…
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