Friday, October 5, 2012

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) Patents Headphones That Can Switch To Bluetooth

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced new headphones this past September and the new ‘earpods’ were well received. Not only do the headphones provide better sound, but the sound quality and overall comfort provided by the old ones was more than lacking. The old headphones leaked noise and fell out easily. The new earpods provide marginally better sound quality and are less likely to fall out because of their shape but Apple isn’t done yet.

A little digging around again in the USPTO and it’s come to light that Apple Inc (AAPL) has registered yet another patent and this time it’s for headphones. The patent in question is called Detachable wireless listening device and describes a device that will work both when connected by jack or through bluetooth.

The patent details that the headphones will not connect directly to the device; rather, there will be an intermediary device (something like an adapter) that will connect the two. The point is to minimize the chances of a snag on the 3.5mm cord that is likely to occur when you’re out jogging or even on the treadmill and could likely result in your device being damaged. When disconnected, the headphones will switch to playing music via bluetooth.

A similar concept can be found in the MegaSafe adapter and has proved effective so far. What remains to be seen is just how Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) will design the end product and if it ever sees the light of day (not all patents necessarily do), what it will cost. The concept, if executed to perfection will be enough to convince Apple Inc (AAPL) fans to buy it.

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