iPad Pro Smart Connector, Now what?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Commy1, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  2. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    It's the gateway to wireless charging. Nothing more significant can come from it, than that.
     
  3. Commy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    All I can say that is that it's incredibly narrow minded.
     
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    Lol what? Why would hardware contacts be the gateway to inductive charging? Does the AW have a Smart Connector?
     
  5. ianfann macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  6. Commy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  7. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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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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    A connector is a gateway to a world without connectors?
     
  10. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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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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    mind. blown.:eek:
     
  12. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    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".
     

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