Apple Notebook Docking Station Patent Suggests New Features

According to a recent report by MacNN, Apple has submitted a patent application for an innovative docking station for laptops that resembles an empty iMac shell. The design allows for a laptop to be inserted into a slot on the side of the station, which keeps all the laptop’s ports available for use.

The specifics of the display functionality remain unclear.

It’s possible that the dock includes its own screen that integrates with the laptop, although having two screens might seem redundant. Another possibility is that the device being docked could be a tablet, with its screen facing towards the user while docked.

The filing also details features like liquid cooling and includes a mention of a “telephonic handset.” While the ideas presented are intriguing, it remains to be seen whether they will be implemented in future products.

More details may emerge soon.


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