Your iPhone could soon become the heart of your MacBook

According to a new patent future MacBooks will simply be a laptop shell with the iPhone as its power source.

March 26, 2017

It’s easy to get lost in the hullabaloo about phones and what they can do. The iPhone 7 was recently the subject of a paint job with a cause while the iPhone 8 is a just a few months away.

In between all this, Apple – according to Apple Insider – is working on something that could change the way we use devices in the future.

The Cupertino company has filed for a patent for a system that turns your iPhone into the hub of your MacBook. According to illustrations, A docking station for the handheld gadgets would sit where the trackpad or display are in a traditional laptop, providing users with a physical keyboard and larger screen.

Titled Electronic Accessory Device, the application describes a thin laptop-like shell (referred to as an "accessory device") without a processor that you would dock a "smart phone, media player, tablet computer, or other portable computing devices into to power it.

The accessory device appears to contain all of the hardware found in traditional laptops such as a large display, physical keyboard, GPU, ports and other necessary components. But it can only function when a user places their smartphone or tablet into the docking station.

The idea would allow users to perform "hand offs" between iOS and MacOS devices by simply popping your phone or tablet into the MacBook shell to access all of its data with the benefit of a larger screen, keyboard and trackpad inputs - eliminating the use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for this task.

It’s wishful thinking but we’re hoping we get to see this in action later this year.