Here comes another patent application that could give us an insights into at least one of the new specs and features to expect when the iPad 5 release date rolls around. And while there’s no denying the fact that’s it’s a cool toy, there’s also no getting away from the fact that it won’t come cheap.
Roughly summed up, what we’re looking at is a new patent relating to the iPad’s Smart Cover which would see the cover not only contain battery cells, but also feature wireless charging capabilities. Or to put it another way, the cover itself would serve as an additional power source to the bolster the daily shelf-life of the iPad’s main battery.
And if that wasn’t appealing enough, the patent also notes an addition feature for the Smart Cover which would see it sport a series of solar cells in order to keep the iPad running and charge the new-generation Smart Cover with sunlight.
Sadly, there isn’t a iPad on the face of the Earth right now that would support any of the above wireless charging or power features, which leads us to believe that what we’re looking at is a sure-fire entry to the list of new specs and features to expect from the iPad 5 later this year…maybe the iPad Mini 2.
The patent sighting joins existing chatter of an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 arriving this year with similar wireless charging capabilities, suggesting that Apple is as suspected looking to play catch-up with some if its biggest Android Rivals.
Apple is facing increasingly vigorous pressure from major Android brands like Samsung and HTC to up its game and remind the world why the iPhone became an iconic piece of kit in the first place. Recently, Apple’s Smartphone has been literally driven in the ground by a swathe of new-generation Android Smartphones…the iPad could be next without extensive efforts.