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Apple patent builds speaker into iPod nano, shuffle clips

updated 10:40 am EST, Thu November 10, 2011

Apple patent would boost sound of iPod nanos

An Apple patent application published Thursday points to Apple exploring the possibility of giving the current iPod nano and iPod shuffle much larger speakers. The simply titled "Speaker Clip" would integrate a flat-panel speaker directly into the clip itself. The improved sound could be used to provide anything from audible feedback for the interface through to direct listening without needing headphones.

The speaker could be a piezoelectric example that didn't need to get significant extra power from the iPod itself.

Filed in May 2010, the patent isn't necessarily an indication of plans to add a speaker to existing, non-iOS iPods. This year, both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle were left virtually untouched other than software updates on the nano. Questions also exist over whether or not Apple wants to make heavy investments into the iPod line. The company has seen a constant decline in iPod sales and now gets at least half of iPod sales from the iPod touch, giving it less incentive to support the basic players.

In using what looks to be a drawing of the existing iPod nano as an example, however, the patent shows that Apple has at least been considering a revision of the existing design. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone too?

    ...between induction charging & flat membrane speakers (contemplated long ago) and a sealed mag-like or other headphone jack one might even be able to have a 'sport' waterproof option - given the propensity of my nephews to drop such fun toys into bathtubs & other 'vessels' I could see this being a fairly basic but significant new feature set ? :)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: iphone too

    Nope, never happen. There's too much risk on making a waterproof model, for very little to no reward. Apple would be on the hook for any water damage and such, and would end up getting beat up in the press when they start pulling their "Well, we think they damaged the ipod before they got it wet, so we're not at fault" arguments when they start coming up (and they will).

    Plus, if you get your device wet, you're paying apple for a new one. What advantage do they have in not having you get a new one?

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