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Apple Wins Smart Fabric Patent That Could Trigger Adjustable Light for iPad Pro Keyboard Keys

By Radu Iorga

Apple won a ton of patents over the past years, but now we’ve found one related to a smart fabric that could offer us adjustable light on an iPad Pro keyboard. The patent was granted last month by the US Patent Office and it was published this week by the European Patent Office.

The smart fabric is able to adjust its appearance using light emitting diodes. Apple hints at a fabric that could be used in a future keyboard, like the Smart Keyboard Folio. It could also be applied on a future Apple Watch band or a device cover or case. The adjustable strand could include a light emitting core, that could involve an optical fiber provided by light from a light emitting diode.

The light emitting diodes are mounted to a dielectric core, or a layer of light emitting diodes, sandwiched between coaxial inner and outer conductive layers. The strands of material in the fabric could include electrically adjustable light sources and electrically adjustable light modulators. Light modulator structures could adjust the color of emitted light.

 

The arrangements may also alter the appearance of fabric-based items, like keyboard key symbols, lit up logos and patterns. If I were Apple I’d be afraid to experiment with keyboards now, after the bad feedback received for the last MacBook keyboards, but using fabrics for smart lighting of gadgets seems harmless. I can imagine an Apple Watch band or maybe a keyboard cover that lights up.

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5G iPad Pro In the Making, But Coming Only in 2021

By James A.

The latest rumors about Apple’s involvement with 5G mention that their 5G iPhone will arrive in 2020. Many have been wondering what happens with a potential 5G iPad. Well, that’s also coming but only in 2021.

The info comes from Economic Daily News, that quotes top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, claiming that 5G for the iPad is two years away. There are tests to perform, partners to find, in order to supply components and more. With Qualcomm and Apple making peace, things have gotten easier now. In the meantime we could as well use a 5G smartphone as a hotspot for the tablets.

Kuo also expects Apple to introduce a liquid crystal polymer board into the future iPad later in this year. The purpose is to reduce signal loss and improve networking performance. This is basically one last move before going to 5G in the iPad lineup. It’ll be very interesting to see how the 5G implementation changes the design of the tablet, as well all remember how the antennae for previous 3G/4G models made the tablets look.

The first gen unit may also suffer in the battery life department, since 5G should really use up a lot of power.

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Apple Paintbrush Could Follow the Apple Pencil, Does What the Name Says

By Radu Iorga

If you thought that the Surface Dial was a quirky accessory, well Apple says “hold my beer” and it’s prepping another gizmo that feels strange. It’s the Apple Paintbrush and it follows in the footsteps of the Apple Pencil. A new patent has info on that.

Apple has just patented a product that’s dubbed a “stylus with multiple inputs”. It’s a portable electronic device, according to the paper, with flexible contact members. Each of them is able to independently flex relative to the other members and generate a special touch sensitivity-based feedback response, based on a change of flexure in the contact members.

Of course people have been using the Apple Pencil for drawing for a bit now, so an extra, separate brush sounds like overkill. The accessory first came in 2015 and evolved over the past year with a new version. However, the Cupertino giant feels there’s a need for a more advanced system, that provides extra accuracy and more input variety.

A patent doesn’t always mean the device will get realized, by it sounds quirky enough to become real. Rather than making a separate brush, Apple should let us replace the nibs of the Apple Pencil with various tips, brushes, of various thicknesses and textures. The firm has always been close with Pixar (Steve Jobs was a main man there), so they may get feedback from some of the most talented artists around.

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iPad Mini 5 Gets Bend Test, of Course Flexes in Front of Camera (Video)

By Radu Iorga

The iPad Mini 5 and iPad Air 2019 have both been subjects of teardowns recently, revealing a very low repairability score, but are they resilient? JerryRigEverything set out to test that, via his usual bend test. Let’s see what came out of that after the break.

The YouTuber already did a similar test with the 11 inch iPad Pro, which was pretty easy to bend and break. Meanwhile, the new iPad Mini 2019/ iPad Mini 5 was put through a series of tests. First, it was the scratch test, with the display scratching at the typical level 6 out of 9, like any other non sapphire smartphone out there.

The body is made of aluminum and takes the unibody approach, while the screen burn with the lighter didn’t cause permanent damage. That’s on account of having a LCD display, not an OLED one. The bend test was the key moment, with the device flexing quite a bit, like the iPad Pro 11. The difference is that this model is able to stay functional and it doesn’t have a screen crack or frame crack. Even when severely bent it keeps working.

That means it’s not a good idea to keep in your baggy pant pockets, in a jacket or even the schoolbag or bag without a case. Still waiting on those performance and battery life tests…

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iPad Air (2019) Teardown Reveals Bigger Battery Than iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 10.5 Similarities

By James A.

Yesterday we showed you a teardown of the iPad Mini 5, courtesy of iFixit and today the other new tablet gets taken apart. I’m talking about the iPad Air (2019), that seems to have a few surprises for us. Let’s see what the iFixit teardown unveiled.

Also known as the iPad Air 3, this device was unveiled last month with the iPad Mini 5. Just like that device, it gets a 2 out of 10 repairability score, meaning it’s quite hard to repair. Inside iFixit found a larger capacity battery compared to its predecessors. It also plays nicely with the Apple Pencil, just so you know.

The teardown also revealed some similarities to the discontinued iPad Pro 10.5 inch. The device gets the Smart Connector, the dimensions and other major features from the 10.5 inch iPad Pro launched in 2017. It has a new Space Gray color option, no camera bump and two speakers compared to the four of the iPad Pro.

 

iPad Air (2018) has a dual cell 30.8 Whr battery compared to the 27.6 Wh unit on the iPad Air 2. It also beats the 30.2 Wh battery from the iPad Pro. The engineers from iFixit also found that the new iPad Air has an internal layout similar to the iPad Pro models and the central logic board is also similar. On the positive side of things, the device only needs a single Philips screwdriver to take care of all the screws and many components are modular, so they can be replaced independently.

But then again battery replacement is very hard and everything is glued with large gobs of adhesive. The Lightning port is soldered to the logic board.

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