Patent applications are fun. Some are futuristic and seem just a concept, but some look to have an immediate opportunity in the market. Apple’s patents have always been intriguing, remember the accessory that could turn iPhone into touchscreen laptop? Well, we have come across another Apple patent that revolves around expanding features and functionality of the AirPods — its case to be precise.
The patent application elaborates the possibility of turning future AirPods case design into a wireless charging dock for iPhone and Apple Watch. The device could also charge other Apple devices such as MacBook and iPad. Another aspect of the new design is that it will add waterproof abilities to AirPods case as well.
“Such devices can include, for example, portable music players (e.g., MP3 devices and Apple’s iPod devices), portable video players (e.g., portable DVD players), cellular telephones (e.g., smart telephones such as Apple’s iPhone devices), video cameras, digital still cameras, projection systems (e.g., holographic projection systems), gaming systems, PDAs, as well as tablet (e.g., Apple’s iPad devices), laptop (e.g. MacBooks) or other mobile computers. Some of these devices can be configured to provide audio, video or other data or sensory output,” reads the patent, which is part of a dump of 250 Apple patent applications from the US Patent Office late last month.
“Another aspect of this next-gen AirPods case worth noting was found in patent FIGS. 28 and 29 which illustrate a liquid-tight electrical connector,” it further said.
If rolled out, future AirPods will become a better proposition than they are today. However, do remember these patents don’t necessarily translate into real products. But unlike other hypothetical/futuristic products, this one seems to make more sense. ALSO READ: Apple is making it easy to track lost AirPods on iOS 10.3
The latest patent discovery comes days after Apple’s much talked-about iPhone accessory patent was spotted. According to the patent, the device would allow one turn an iPhone and iPad into a touchscreen laptop. The accessory is sort of a ‘headless’ device that features laptop-like hardware including a large display, physical keyboard, GPU and connectivity ports among others. But the device relies on a host, which in this case will be iPhone or iPad, to function. The device will seem like a MacBook with the aluminum body. ALSO READ: Apple AirPods Review