Ever since the launch of the original iPad, we’ve seen Apple explore different ways to build a case for it, and has succeeded in some, and failed terribly in others. The company even built a keyboard stand for the original iPad, which it decided to not continue after the launch of the iPad 2, for reasons it never made public. What the company has never done, is mix a case with a keyboard, and given how successful third-party companies have been with the concept, it seems Apple wants to take a stab at the market.
A new patent reveals a new “Smart Case” with a keyboard attached to it. What makes Apple’s concept unique when compared to other options in the market, is that you can detach the keyboard from the case, and keep the iPad within the case. With current cases, you have to put-up with the keyboard even when you don’t need to carry it around. It’s hard to tell exactly how Apple plans to make something like this popular when the company has always been reluctant to make you depend on adapters.
This would be an interesting concept so much as you don’t lose the keyboard, or if Apple allows you to buy it separately. Whatever the case may be, we’ll be looking out for it.