Your next AirPods case could be waterproof and also charge your iPhone or Apple Watch

Late last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office release a bunch of patent applications, assigned to Apple. Among them, there was one covering a next-gen AirPods case.

There are two main features that stand out in the application, and the first is that the case is waterproof, or at least one embodiment of it. Fig. 28 and Fig. 29 in the patent application show a liquid-tight circuitry, that's supposed to be “resistant or impervious to liquid penetration.” This, hopefully, means that future AirPod cases could come with some sort of certified water and dust resistance.

The other interesting feature is for people that look to carry less charging devices while on the go. Apparently, one embodiment of this hypothetical next-gen AirPods case is an extra wireless charging surface on the outside of the case. It's supposed to be used to charge an Apple Watch or other device that supports wireless charging. If rumors are to be believed, this includes the iPhone 8, too.

Of course, considering this is just a patent application, and not even an approved patent, there's not telling if and when we'll get such an AirPods case. But it does sound like a pretty good little accessory for all your Apple devices.

source: USPTO via PatentlyApple



1. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

now that is convenient, now just make the phone wireless charge and have one portable charger to rule them all!

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds pretty cool. The next Apple Watch needs to have LTE, for that price it's time for the third iteration to have standalone capabilities.

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