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Apple Patent Imagines iPhone-Powered MacBook

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Most Apple patents are pretty exciting, but even the Cupertino giant can make a hit-and-miss sometimes. Like this iPhone-powered MacBook proposal that we can’t see making it big in the future #objectmagic

Apple Insider discovered the company’s idea for a modular device that would bring together a MacBook and an iPhone. In the design shown below, Apple proposes a product powered by the iPhone:

Essentially, a MacBook-looking device would come with a dock for the smartphone, instead of the usual trackpad. The iPhone would provide the processor, memory, storage and graphics card needed to make it run. The rest would be an aluminum case with display, keyboard and batteries to make the UI worthwhile.

Another way to pull off an Apple modular device is to use an iPad instead of an iPhone. Where would it go? In the place where a laptop display normally fits:

In this case, the laptop would need a standard trackpad and keyboard. Similarly, the additional piece, in this case the iPad, would provide the processing power and storage.

This patent was filed in September, but as many Apple patents before it, we don’t expect it to hit the market (nor hope to, this time around).

What do you think – is this a great idea and we’re just not feeling it?

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