It turns out that Apple once intended to make an iPad with up to two ports, charging and plugging in the keyboard dock

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2021-04-01 21:55:50

Some pictures of the prototype version of the first generation iPad have just appeared on the internet. The photos reveal a special design that Apple considered for its first iPad.

The image shared on Twitter by Giulio Zompetti on Twitter is believed to be an early stage prototype of the first-generation iPad. In the shared image, we can see a 30-pin jack on both the bottom and left edges. For those who don’t know, the 30-pin connector is the standard connector that Apple used for many devices, including the iPhone, iPad until it released the Lightning port on the iPhone 5.

According to Giulio, Apple had plans to bring in the dual port system on the iPad first. Connections on both sides of the iPad will allow it to combine multiple styles with the keyboard dock. Specifically, you can mount the keyboard dock in both portrait and landscape modes easily. Not to mention, the dual port system will also allow iPad to use the keyboard while charging.

It turns out that Apple once intended to make an iPad with two ports to connect, charging and plugging in the keyboard dock - Photo 2.
It turned out that Apple had intended to make an iPad with up to two ports, charging and plugging in the keyboard dock - Photo 3.

Sadly, this feature never appeared in practice. Although Apple may have abandoned this idea, the current iPad generation has a similar feature called Smart Connector. It uses magnets to connect to accessories like Smart Keyboard and Magic Keyboard.

This isn’t the first time Apple device prototypes have appeared. Just a few months ago, a leaked iPhone 12 Pro prototype showed a darker Pacific Blue version or SpringBoard feature on iOS 14.1. In the past, the original prototype of the iPhone 4s has also been leaked.

The integrated design of two ports may be Apple’s first vision to gradually replace laptops with iPads. Unfortunately, Apple has been forced to adapt to the changing mobile industry, so the arrival of an iPad with two ports is sure to be odd at the moment.

Refer to iPhonehack

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