iPad Pro Smart Connector, Now what?

Commy1

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So now that there are 2 devices supporting the Smart Connector, what can be done with it besides the Apple Keyboard?

What iPad accessory do you hope for or think would a feasible idea?

Since its capable of powering, receiving and transferring data I would like to see an Apple external iPad harddrive.
 

Cyroceon

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It's the gateway to wireless charging. Nothing more significant can come from it, than that.
 
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ianfann

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Smart docking station. Once iPad is docked, it is connected to a big screen, full size keyboard, mouse, use connection and much more.
 

Commy1

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Smart docking station. Once iPad is docked, it is connected to a big screen, full size keyboard, mouse, use connection and much more.
That would be interesting, like a backpack on a Thunderbolt Display or something. I think the iPad has to evolve a lot more to be on par with full power laptop before it can power a 4K+ display. That said, maybe future displays will have a built in GPU type processor built in and help with that sort of thing, I wouldn't put it passed Apple to do that.
 

Cyroceon

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Lol what? Why would hardware contacts be the gateway to inductive charging? Does the AW have a Smart Connector?
All I can say that is that it's incredibly narrow minded.
You are both already starting to eat your words. This is how Apple does things. They introduce something seemingly useful in a product. Once people are used to it and asking questions about its capacity they show its true potential.

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KylePowers

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You are both already starting to eat your words. This is how Apple does things. They introduce something seemingly useful in a product. Once people are used to it and asking questions about its capacity they show its true potential.

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Again... Not wireless (inductive) charging like you first stated... That would be zero contact. Like, you know, inducing a current wirelessly. That article is literally about contact charging, like setting your Xbox 360 controller in a charging dock 10 years ago

Edit - to reiterate, AW does wireless charging and that's the technology they'll build upon for other iOS products. It requires a rather long, thin coil. Just check out a Samsung S7 tear down
 

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Cyroceon

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Again... Not wireless (inductive) charging like you first stated... That would be zero contact. Like, you know, inducing a current wirelessly. That article is literally about contact charging, like setting your Xbox 360 controller in a charging dock 10 years ago

Edit - to reiterate, AW does wireless charging and that's the technology they'll build upon for other iOS products. It requires a rather long, thin coil. Just check out a Samsung S7 tear down
You are likely 100% right. My belief is power cannot be transferred in as timely a fashion for the larger battery devices, and believe that if inductive charging is not going to hit Apple for those devices within 5-10 years, they need something simulating that experience sooner. In my estimation, that "thing" will be using the Smart Connector. Look for a potential Smart Connector on the next iPhone or the one after that, to be able to charge the phone "wirelessly".