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Thursday, Dec 20, 2007 11:20am
Apple designs next generation iPod Boombox
A new patent filed by Apple describes a next generation digital device called the iPod Boombox, or simply the Boombox. Proof of the Cupertino-based company's plans surfaced today in a patent published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, wherein Apple describes the device as having a display or user interface in the center of the face panel. An Apple Remote associated with the Boombox will allow users to interact with the device via an application like Front Row, while volume control buttons on the chassis itself provide physical control. [updated with photo]

The housing of Apple's latest invention offers an indicator light to provide visual feedback about the operation or condition of the host device, and could include a receiver window for use by a receiver internal to the housing when picking up wireless transmissions from a remote control.

The iPod will fit into the Boombox the same way it fits into the company's iPod Hi-Fi, allowing users to play video content and possibly games as well.