New Patent Reveals Apples Next Big Thing, Magnets

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It sounds bizarre but Apple is looking to use magnets to lock down security on an iPad or Mac PC.A new patent filing reveals that Apple engineers are looking to a male/female magnet relationship to secure content on an Apple device.

Inside the bezel of an Apple device, be it a notebook or iPad, will be a magnet that operates a switch. To unlock the device a user will have to have the other half of the magnet which when swiped against the Apple device unlocks it.

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What Apple is trying to do is to use magnets as a new way of keeping content secure.

Listed in the patent which has been lodged with the US patents office is a stylus with specially encoded magnets to securely unlock an iPad.

Engadget said that it may sound ridiculous when you first consider it, but given the magnetic-activation of the iPad 2’s smart cover, it’s not as outlandish as you believe. Still, we’ll believe it if we see it in a couple of years.

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