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Apple has a new patent that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display itself–through translucent or selectively transparent panels. For the active version, a power source would be required, but the patent describes two ways around this: First, a connection with the magnet on the iPad could be modified to work like a MagSafe adapter and provide a flow of energy. Second, the Smart Cover could use inductive charging to derive power from the iPad or another source to power its active notifications.



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