Does Apple's new Magic Keyboard patent reveal the future of the iPad?

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Apple's iPad Magic Keyboard has plenty going for it, with the full-size keys and touchpad turning the iPad into a potential MacBook replacement for the first time, well, ever. But if a new patent is anything to go by, Apple hasn't finished with the design yet.

A newly revealed filing describes a "Sliding Input Device Cover" (we have a feeling that isn't the final name), which acts a lot like the current Magic Keyboard – except it slides. This could potentially allow for a larger trackpad, or indeed a larger iPad to be attached. (In the market for a new iPad? Check out the best Apple Black Friday deals.) 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.