Apple receives patent for iPad Smart Covers with new features

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Apple received a patent today for a new Smart Cover for the Apple iPad. Originally filed with the USPTO back in 2012, the patent covers additional features of the Smart Covers including an extra touchscreen for iPad users. It also supports the use of a stylus (the Apple Pencil was just a gleam in Tim Cook’s eye when the patent was originally applied for by Apple).

Having a second screen for iPad users could make the tablet more functional for businesses. One interesting illustration that was part of the patent application revealed that users would be able to take down notes on the outside …