updated 07:10 pm EST, Thu November 22, 2007
Six new Apple patents.
The US Patent and Trademark Office today published six Apple patents, five of which revolve around the Apple + Nike initiative, and the sixth being related to optical media. Apple is looking to create an adapter to use with 8cm optical discs, so that they function inside of the 12cm-formatted drive slots that occupy most of the Cupertino-based company's computers. Two models appear in the patents, one that snaps together out of separate pieces, while another relies on a telescopic motion to close the adapter around the disk.
The Apple + Nike patents consist of the following: "Integrated Media Jukebox and Physiologic Data Handling Application", "System Including Portable Media Player and Physiologic Data Gathering Device", "Calibration techniques for activity sensing devices", "Portable media device with workout support", and "Communication protocol for use with portable electronic devices". The patents could potentially point to an iPod with a built in workout monitor that accepts voice commands, according to the details provided.