New iPhone Docking Station. Apple Tablet next?

When there were only iPods, docking and synchronizing them with with your Mac or PC was a pretty straightforward proposition. You just put your iPod into a docking cradle and it works. But what about iPhone? It can work both in horizontal and vertical position. Which way should you dock it? Any way, says Apple.

When developing an iPhone, Apple has also thought of the newish docking station that will be needed to operate it comfortably when charging and synchronizing iPhone with your computer.

According to the new design – an iPhone can be docked and be operational in both horizontal and vertical modes, or even in any 360 degree orientation you like. There are two possible implementations of this docking station described Apple patent “Methods and apparatuses for docking a portable electronic device that has a planar like configuration and that operates in multiple orientations

Apple iPhone dock docking station multi directional

First (above) is a fixed docking station where the connection interfaces between the dock and the iPhone can be synchronized independently of the direction at which the device is put in the cradle.

Another embodiment has the docking station that includes the base and rotational platform. The iPhone is fixed to the platform in one direction only, however the platform itself can be rotated at 360 degree angle:

Apple iPhone docking station dock

What’s interesting about this implementation is that Apple is talking not only about the iPhone, but specifically mentions Tablet PC as a possible user of such configuration:

The portable electronic device 14 may correspond to a tablet, and the base may serve as a location for accessing the Internet or connecting to peripheral devices such as printers, fax machines, scanners, and the like…. In cases such as these the portable electronic device may correspond to a monitor, tablet PC

Now, we all know that Apple iPhone grew out of the Apple’s research on Tablet PCs and tablets were abandoned in order to focus all the efforts on reinvention of the cellphone. The main patent for the iPhone – “Multifunctional handheld deviceâ€? doesn’t even mention the Tablet PC.

Could this patent application that surfaced today be an indication that Apple is resuming it’s efforts to develop a new tablet?

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Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • http://www.iphone-info.de Martin

    Do somebody knows if i can use the iPhone (Version 1.0) in Europe also? What is the basic charges for AT&T per month? Can i buy the iPhone in usa without domicile in America? Thanks for answer. bye

  • nnoeltaylor

    This is gonna be a Cintiq like device ,so, the Tablet can be a tablet AND a Cintiq, Animation studios are getting into the Cintiq and Pixar probably needs a tablet computer that can be placed on a rotating platform, i just purchased a Toshiba M4 because i was dreaming of a device like this: (iPhone like Apple tablet on a rotating platform running and an Apple improved Sketchbook Pro 2.0) and it doesn’t exist, there are artist making their own Apple tablet and selling them to other artists, ever artist wants a Cintiq, Artists love Apple. Apple should but Sketchbook Pro from Autodesk, inprove on this software, and then, bundle it with their (hopefully true) tablet computer. I love the idea of this platform, maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, maybe i’m reading into things.

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