MacNN is reporting on a patent filed by Apple that describes a laptop docking station that looks a lot like a hollow iMac. According to images filed with the patent, a laptop is slid into a compartment on the side of the dock, leaving the laptop’s ports accessible.

There’s no indication as to how the display works. Perhaps the docking station itself has a display that’s powered by the laptop, though it seems silly to have two displays. It could be that the laptop in question is actually a tablet that docks with its own display facing the user.

The patent also mentions liquid cooling and a “telephonic handset.” It’s all interesting, but who knows if any of this will come to fruition. Perhaps we’ll see next week.

2 Comments to “Apple Patent Suggests Notebook Docking Station”

  1. junktape — January 3, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    I adore this. I fucking love it. I’ve always wanted to do a game show that pitted celebrity guests against audience members in american-gladiator style roleplay. Eric and I spoke a few years back, during the Celebrity Poker trends, about doing Celebrity D&D. Rumor has it that Wil Wheaton was also trying to sell a show like this. I’m actually going to see if I can get the concept going somewhere.

  2. Jac — January 3, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

    Girls play D&D? Oh wait…

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