Patent filing predicts ultra-slim devices from Apple
posted by Nick T. / Mar 11, 2011, 9:37 AM
It is almost certain that the industry-standard 3.5-millimeter jack – the one that you see on your earbuds and a plethora of other earphones, is not going to be replaced anytime soon. That is why Apple has come up with three simple, yet promising methods of having a fully compatible 3.5-millimeter socket on its future ultra-slim devices. One of them leaves an opening on the socket and allows one side of the headphone jack to protrude over the device. Another suggestion adds hinges to the socket, which would flip upon the insertion of the jack and therefore allow it to stay firmly connected. The third, probably most sensible and high-tech solution, is partially covering the slot with a “semi-flexible material” that would extend when the plug is inserted. Check the image below to see how these three “low profile plug receptacles,” as Apple calls them, might look like.
Nobody has mentioned whether Apple is already developing devices that will take advantage of the port designs or not, but it will surely be quite an event if they eventually come out. Seems like the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle are the most suitable candidates for the innovation, yet one day the future iPad and iPhone models might also be treated to a slimmer and sexier look.
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Why hasn't BT headphones become the norm for listening to music yet? People are trying really hard to sell that white headphone image. It was cool 4-5 years ago, I think it's time to go for something better.
posted on Mar 11, 2011, 12:15 PM 2
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BT sound quality is poor while also being subject to charging and interference. A real good BT headset will cost a lot more than $10 corded headphones and not sound as good. Plus people who talk on BT headsets still look like crazy people talking to themselves or one of their multiple personalities. I've seen BT headset sales drop significantly over the last year, but our corded headsets have quintupled.
posted on Mar 11, 2011, 12:59 PM 2
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Agreed. Bluetooth headsets are terrible now as is. Bluetooth has always been terrible. However, the upcoming Bluetooth spec may fix those problems. Until the, corded headsets are WINNING!
posted on Mar 11, 2011, 3:16 PM 1
Why not introduce a smaller form factor for headphone jacks? DIdn't the Sony MiniDisc have a smaller jack (granted with a data socket for the remote)? Sell adapters for the small size to the 3.5mm and it'll do fine
posted on Mar 11, 2011, 6:11 PM 1
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Don't we already have a smaller slot? Isn't it called mini-USB? I believe this slot works with my phone dock to play music. Why not headphones?
posted on Mar 11, 2011, 7:48 PM 1
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More crappy ideas from apple that will never become the standard.
posted on Mar 11, 2011, 8:14 PM 2
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Great ideas on Apple's part. I do think we are at a time where we should be using micro HDMI out and other high fidelity outputs for headphones TV's and other devices. 3.5mm headphone ports are old tech and should be replaced with something that fits our new needs maybe even a mag port that would allow us to connect a headset and other outputs to a flush smooth surface.
posted on Mar 12, 2011, 7:56 PM 0
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I didn't like having a proprietary set of headphones for my HTC phone I am not going to like it any more when it is an Apple device. I don't need to have my pockets filled with adapters or headphones for each device I own. It took long enough for most everyone to use mini-USB as a charger (not Apple). I find it ironic though that Apple, for a company that touts being environmentally conscious, sure contributes to a lot of e-waste by changing the adapters for their devices whether it be a charger or headphones in this case with almost every release.
posted on Mar 12, 2011, 9:25 PM 1
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