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1. (WO2017040093) FLEXIBLE KEYBOARD ACCESSORY FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040093    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/048081
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 23 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G06F 3/02
Applicants: APPLE INC.
Inventors: SMITH, Samuel Gilkison
COSTER, Daniel J.
CORBIN, Sean S.
KUNA, Melody L.
HEGDE, Siddhartha
COUSINS, Benjamin A.
MURPHY, Robert Sean
Title: FLEXIBLE KEYBOARD ACCESSORY FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE
Abstract:
An accessory device for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a cover configured to overlay an electronic device (or device) or fold to form a support structure for the electronic device. The cover may include an attachment feature that electrically couples with the device, and a keyboard foldable with respect to the cover. Further, the keyboard may include a retention feature designed to receive the attachment feature in a folded configuration of the cover. The accessory device may further include an electrically conductive fabric that folds with the cover. The accessory device may include an array of magnets throughout the attachment feature, the cover, and the keyboard. The magnets may be used to magnetically couple together 1) segments of the cover, 2) the cover and the keyboard assembly, 3) and/or the device with the cover.