The Surface kickstand is an iconic element of the Surface and Surface Pro tablets, but a recently published patent suggests Microsoft may be looking at moving to something different.
The February 2018 patent for “COMPUTING DEVICES, REMOVABLE SUPPORT DEVICES, AND METHODS OF USE” describes a connector at the back of a tablet which features various mechanical and magnetic interconnects which can be used to attach the computer to a stand in a removable fashion.
“A computing device having an interface surface and one or more attachment features oriented on the interface surface is described. A removable support device with an interface surface and one or more attachment features oriented on the interface surface is described. A support system with a computing device and a removable support device is described. A method of using a support system is described.”
The attachment points can be used to turn a Surface into a kiosk or place it into a desktop stand, as shown in this image below.
Microsoft also notes the attachment points can be used to insert the PC into a case which makes handheld use easier, similar to the rugged cases used in the NFL.
Microsoft’s main competitor, Apple with the iPad Pro, of course never released a device with an integrated kickstand, and that has not exactly held it back. In turn Surface Pro docking stations have been ugly and ungainly.
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