Microsoft is working on a new design for its Surface Pro, which is expected to be introduced later this year. Although the Surface Pro design has not been largely changed since the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft expects it to trim the edges of the screen, add a USB-C port and make the next Surface Pro design slightly more rounded like the Surface Go. We've seen a patent that refers to a thinner Surface keyboard and now a copy has appeared with a Surface Pro with a USB-C port and a new Type Cover model.
Spotted by Windows United, the new patent details on how Microsoft plans to use magnets to prevent the Surface Type Cover from collapsing when not in use. You are currently folding the keyboard under the device to use it as a tablet, and it is held in place simply by how you handle the device. Microsoft proposes to hold the type valve in place under the magnet device, similar to how the company uses it. This would probably also work if the Surface Pro is closed the other way, so that it cannot be easily opened in a bag.
The patent may be about magnets, but it contains a number of much more interesting tips about the future of the Surface Pro. Microsoft seems to adjust the port selection on its Surface Pro, and if you look closely at the image above, you'll see that in addition to the regular USB-A and Mini DisplayPort, there is a new USB-C port on the side. If you squint a bit more, you'll see that Microsoft has also moved the headphone jack down and adjusted the tab that you use to access the kick standard.
The most interesting part of these patent images is that there is no Surface Connect port on this specific device. That might suggest that Microsoft is preparing to break from its magnetic charger to aim for USB-C charge for its surface line. Microsoft is notorious for using USB-C and in particular for removing ports such as the Mini DisplayPort. "The last thing I want is to remove the port they need today and tomorrow and the next day to reach a technology milestone where I then lay a barrier for my customers," said Panos Panay the launch of the Surface Pro 5 back in 2017.
If Microsoft really surrenders the Surface Connect, it makes way for the company to switch to USB-C and ThunderBolt 3. Microsoft & # 39; s own Surface Connect was never built with ThunderBolt 3 in mind, and it's even limited to a maximum of 120 watts that caused a number of problems for the Surface Book 2. Microsoft might not have completely avoided the idea of magnetic mounting charges, such as Apple did for charging with USB-C. A previous patent indicated a USB-C Surface charger with magnets.