Apple’s loop case patent could Switch things up for iPhone, iPad

A quick look at Apple’s loop case patent shows the company experimenting with iPhone and iPad housing that doubles as a stand, sort of like a Nintendo Switch.

Apple loop case patent design drawings showing an iPad with a tube casing around the edge, stood up on a stand.

A new patent is never anything to take as gospel – especially with Apple, which constantly patents stuff – but this one is super cool. Apple’s loop case patent seems to drastically change the ergonomics and functionality of iPad and iPhone, with a modular tube design running around the edge of the device, likely making Apple Arcade an easier playing proposition.

As reported by AppleInsider, this new patent is for a casing that attaches on one side of the device only, with the tube that runs around the edge having different hinge points. This means it can double as a stand, with an almost toyetic modularity that would assumedly give a lot of other formulations.

The patent also describes how the case could house other components, like a battery or camera. As AppleInsider considers, this means that the casing could be incorporated into an iPad’s core design – rather than just being an accessory. This could make the iPad chassis smaller and thinner in the process, with the case holding the camera or battery, though it would be a radical step away from the usual Apple design philosophy.

You can get a look at the patent designs below. We’ve also got an iPad 10th gen review if you fancy jumping in on the newest iPad overhaul.

For more beyond Apple’s loop case patent, check out our iPad 9th gen review, or a full guide to the best iPads to make sure you get the right one.