Microsoft is focusing on a new design of it is Surface Pro, anticipated to debut later this year. Whereas the Floor Professional design hasn’t modified mainly because the Floor Professional 4, Microsoft is predicted to slim down the show bezels, add a USB-C port, and make the subsequent Floor Professional design a bit extra rounded just like the Floor Go. We’ve seen a patent that hints at a thinner Surface keyboard, and now one has appeared that exhibits a Surface Pro with a USB-C port and a brand new Sort Cover model.

Noticed by Windows United, the brand new patent particulars how Microsoft plans to make use of magnets to forestall the Floor Kind Cowl from flapping around when it’s not in use. You at the moment fold the keyboard underneath the system to make use of it as a pill, and it’s held in place just by the way you grip the system. Microsoft is proposing to carry the Type Cover in place underneath the machine with magnets, much like how the corporate makes use of attractions to maintain the keyboard up towards the show. Presumably, this could additionally work when the Surface Pro is closed the opposite method so it may well merely open in a bag.

The patent could be all about magnets, but it surely has some much more attention-grabbing hints included in it about the way forward for the Floor Professional. Microsoft seems to be altering the port choice on its Surface Pro, and in case you look intently on the picture above you’ll discover there’s a brand new USB-C port on the aspect, alongside the common USB-A and Mini DisplayPort. For those who squint a bit of extra, you possibly can see that Microsoft has additionally moved the headphone jack right down to the underside, and adjusted the tab you employ to entry the kickstand.

If Microsoft is ditching the Surface Connect, then it makes means for the corporate to move to USB-C and ThunderBolt three. Microsoft’s proprietary Floor Join was by no means constructed with ThunderBolt three in thoughts, and it’s even restricted to a most of 120 watts that caused some issues for the Surface Book 2. Microsoft may not ditch the idea of magnetic attaching costs like Apple did for its USB-C charging. An earlier patent hinted at a USB-C Surface charger with magnets.