Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a new patent that could show notifications on a Smart Cover, even if the iPad screen is covered up. The Smart Cover notifications would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays. Passive versions of the Smart Cover could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display itself through translucent or transparent panels.
The patent would allow the active version to light up icons built into its surface like an envelope for incoming mail.
The notifications could be arrange on the surface of the Smart Cover based on priority and could display in different colors based on urgency. It could also show content related to that notice like details about an event in a calendar notification.
The Smart Cover could use inductive charging to pull power from the iPad or another source to power its active notifications. The modified Smart Cover would have the same paneled folding design, which means it could still function as a stand for the iPad itself.