Apple patent shows iPad tablet with two USB ports

Future iPad models could feature USB connectivity

Apple designs hint towards iPad USB connectivity options

Apple’s market dominating tablets the iPad and iPad 2 were originally designed to boast two USB 2.0 ports, an unused patent filed buy the Cupertino company has revealed.

The patent, which covers both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options, also granted Apple coverage to incorporate a second, landscape docking connection, a feature that would allow users to port their Apple tablets on landscape specific docks for improved movie viewing possibilities.

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With a USB port topping many iPad owners additional features wish lists, Apple’s decision not to push forward with a patent that it received prior to the second-generation model’s arrival will be disappointing to many.

Tipped as a possible for the iPad 2, the patent which depicts an iPad with a second, horizontal docking port, dubbed simply “portable display device,” accredits Apple CEO Steve Jobs, chief designer Jonathan Ive and 13 other Apple personal as the systems inventors.

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Via: Ubergizmo