Apple Awarded Patent for Unreleased iPad With Landscape Dock Connector
Apple has been awarded the patent for an unreleased iPad design which features a landscape dock connector, according to Patently Apple. Before the iPad's original release it was rumored that the device would include two connectors; however, that rumor never materialized.
Apple has been granted a design patent for what appears to be the original iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model that just happened to have a second landscape Apple Connector slot as is clearly noted below in patent figures 1 and 6. It's unknown at this time as to why Apple decided to scrap the secondary Landscape Apple Connector slot when consumers clearly wanted such an option. Of course Apple could always decide to reinstate the Apple Connector slot in a future version of the iPad or simply shift to wireless charging which would eliminate the need for such a port in the first place. The latter is likely the reason for scrapping it.