February 9th in iPad 2, iPad News by

iPad 2 to feature built-in kickstand?

Might the next iPad, iPad 2, feature a built-in kickstand for viewing content, reading, and working, at a variety of different angles?

According to a discovery by Patently Apple, iPad 2, or future iPads may feature a kickstand.

A recent filing at the US Patent & Trademark Office by Apple suggests the company and its engineers have been working on a built-in kickstand with adjustable levels.

The patent which showed up at the USPTO recently shows a bendable kickstand at the rear of the future iPad (iPad 2, iPad 3?) which has the ability to be set at two levels, one ideal for viewing media and the other for typing and browsing (like on a keyboard). Furthermore it also appears to allow you to set the iPad at different angles if need be.

The built-in iPad kickstand allows operation in both landscape and portrait mode. Hit the source link for the full details and technical specifications on the iPad kickstand. But don’t hold your breath about having it make its way into the iPad 2 as the the USPTO trademark filing was only done on February 3rd, a little late we think.

What do you think?  Will the next iPad feature a kickstand or will iPad owners have to revert to using cases and other items to view their magical device at various angles?





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  • http://www.tomsforeign.com Daniel Tole

    I’d have to agree with everyone else. Seems like way to many moving parts for an apple device. Especially when aftermarket cases already do a good job with stands. Its more likely that if apple could make room for a stand then they would just make the device smaller and thinner in stead.

  • http://twitter.com/4justincase Justin Sanchez

    No I highly doubt that. For more than just one reason. Apple’s product have always been “Keep it Simple, Stupid”. They wouldn’t ruin such a beautiful product with a kickstand, especially when no one really needs it. Second, the kickstand would have to rotate, so that one could use it in both landscape and vertical views. The back side of the ipad would be completely devoted to the kickstand, and it would have to be thicker. The claims are that the new ipad will be thinner. That makes no sense with a kickstand. And besides, I wouldn’t like one!

  • http://twitter.com/4justincase Justin Sanchez

    No I highly doubt that. For more than just one reason. Apple’s product have always been “Keep it Simple, Stupid”. They wouldn’t ruin such a beautiful product with a kickstand, especially when no one really needs it. Second, the kickstand would have to rotate, so that one could use it in both landscape and vertical views. The back side of the ipad would be completely devoted to the kickstand, and it would have to be thicker. The claims are that the new ipad will be thinner. That makes no sense with a kickstand. And besides, I wouldn’t like one!

  • ジェイソン

    Highly doubt Apple will depart from their streamline designs. However, an Apple brand case with a kick stand seems reasonable.

  • X19guy

    well the main feature of the shuffle is the clip…. so this makes sense!

  • mjr

    I hope not

  • mjr

    I hope not

  • 01928374648372

    are you guys crazy, u people have to stop with all this nonsense. first of all putting a kickstand on it would reduce quality. second, it would get rid of its nice appearance by seeing a large crevis in the ipad. it would probably break so much easier too.

  • 01928374648372

    are you guys crazy, u people have to stop with all this nonsense. first of all putting a kickstand on it would reduce quality. second, it would get rid of its nice appearance by seeing a large crevis in the ipad. it would probably break so much easier too.

  • kinsey

    A kickstand would add weight and is tacky as hell bad idea… after market stands and cases work fine.

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