Apple (re)invents the iPod | TechCrunch

Apple has devised a pocket-sized companion that (hypothetically) does all of it: music, movies AND books, sans the nagging smartphone or clumsy smartwatch. Cupertino, you’re so shut.

In a patent utility revealed not too long ago by the U.S. Patent Workplace, Apple sketched out such a tool; a headphone case-meets-pocket-computer with a touchscreen show and the prerequisite guts for flicking by way of songs, watching films, peeping the climate and even navigating someplace by way of a mapping app. Put one other method, time is a flat circle and Apple invented the iPod once more.

Judging by the submitting, Apple sought to patent one thing harking back to a teensy iPod Contact, however with a nook for charging its wi-fi earbuds. That is solely a patent utility, which suggests there’s at present no (zilch! zero!) indication a supercharged AirPods case like this can exist past some doodles.

Positive, the corporate might be exploring such a tool, given its effectively–established curiosity in smarter earbuds. Nevertheless, Apple might merely want to lay down some metaphorical roadblocks for the competitors by way of this submitting. In any case, an iPod renaissance? Sounds dreamy to me.

“The best factor about iPod is that you may take your whole music library with you, proper in your pocket,” Apple co-founder Steve Jobs mentioned millennia in the past, in 2001. Within the years since, all the pieces and nothing has modified; music is arguably nonetheless the good factor concerning the iPhone, and it’s one cause why iPod nostalgia bubbles up time and time once more — within the type of an unauthorized, iPod-inspired app; wistful tweets; a foolish smartwatch accent; film cameos; letters to an editor; and so forth.

The iPod is useless, however our nice craving for gadgets that do much less? That lives on.

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