While convertible tablets have been a mainstay of Microsoft’s Tablet PC platform, more recently manufacturers like Dell have taken the form factor and added a fresh new “twist,” as evident in the Dell Inspiron Duo. Now it’s time for Apple, When Apple CEO Steve Jobs had announced the slim and ultra-portable MacBook Air on stage, he had framed the device as something that would result when an iPad and a MacBook “hooked up.” Now, with Apple’s recent convertible tablet patent, we’re beginning to see more clues about the relationships between touchscreens, tablets, and mobile laptops.
With a recent patent filing named “Application Programming Interfaces for Scrolling Operations,” which reveals a device that appears to be a normal laptop when opened, but when closed, the screen slides over and opens up to reveal a convertible slate.
However, with this new convertible tablet, we’re going to see even more of the iPad’s tablet DNA with a slate-style touchscreen.
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