This is what the future of the iPad could look like

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For Apple, the next computer is not a computer, but an iPad. With the right accessories, the tablet is increasingly becoming a MacBook. Soon two iPads will be able to be connected to a completely new device. GIGA has the details for you.

iPad 10.2 (2019)

Apple is planning a dual-display iPad

While Microsoft is planning a Windows 10X device with two permanently connected displays with the Surface Neo, Apple could take a different approach. According to a patent that has now emerged, Apple could simply turn two iPads into a dual display device. Both iPads would communicate with each other via a connector and share the work. For example, one iPad could become the display, while the second iPad serves as a keyboard and touchpad – reports Macerkopf with reference to the patent application. The possibilities are diverse, however, because you could simply put the dual iPad upright and make video calls more easily.

Two iPads become a new device. (Image source: Apple / USPTO)

Apple would of course have to adapt the iPadOS accordingly for such a device. In the end, you would create a MacBook from two iPads, with the advantage that you would have a much more variable device. Instead of just buying a Magic Keyboard that serves as a keyboard, you could display additional control elements when editing photos, videos or playing games. You basically win a second display. A disadvantage would of course be the cost. You would have to buy two identical iPads and in the end you would only use the display – unless Apple actually manages to bundle the performance. That would be very interesting again.

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Is the iPad connector really coming?

With patents, you can never really say if and when the ideas will be implemented. The adapter that connects second iPads shouldn’t be so much of a technological challenge now. The biggest work lies in the software and whether Apple even wants this dual iPad now. As long as MacBooks are still selling, it would be unwise to offer a better alternative. Instead, ARM processors will be installed first and macOS will be prepared for the future on the iPad.

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