A new patent filed by Apple suggests there could be some interesting new features heading to the possible iPad 2.
Spotted by Patently Apple, a site that tracks Apple patents for clues as to what may feature in their new hardware, the next iPad build could have some significant differences to its predecessor.
First up is a revamped bezel, being dubbed the “smart bezel”. “The feature, whatever it is, is found in three distinct graphics to impress upon us that it is a distinct feature consistently found in the left bottom corner of the iPad”, the site notes. It seems related to an earlier Apple patent which detailed a technology that could identify its user just by the way they held the hardware it was implemented in. Included in the iPad 2, it could potentially load unique settings and customised homescreens dependant on who was holding the device.
The patent also features an extra connection on the iPad’s longest side, which would allow the tablet to be used in landscape mode when sitting in a dock.
Roll down for some more schematic images from the patent.