Some major gossip has been swirling around recently that could create a big wave in the home theater space. Patently Apple caught a glimpse of 67 newly granted patents for Apple last week from the U.S. Patent Trademark Office. The title? “Wireless and wired speaker hub for a home theater system.”
The drawings show a 5.1 audio system equipped with speakers and a subwoofer and multiple audio channels transmitted between a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver. So in other words, a full surround system.
The interesting part about this patent though is that it dates back to 2004. Apple actually acquired the patent from KSC Industries, a product development and technology licensing company focused on audio. The original granted patent under KSC dates back to January 2009 having been originally filed in March of 2004.
So does that mean Apple is using a 16-year-old patent? Well yes and no.
It’s probable that Apple is in the midst of creating a home theater system and wanted a patent that would protect their invention. As Patently Apple describes, it’s not worth getting too hung up on the patent itself because Apple’s vision is probably much different than what is represented within those pages. But the biggest takeaway is the mere fact that Apple is interested in a home theater system in the first place, and that could really shake things up with brands like Sonos, Bose, and Audio Pro. After all, the wireless communication between what’s on the Apple patent sounds awfully similar how to the Sonos Sub interacts with the Beam, Playbar, and Playbase.
Patently Apple also noted that this isn’t the first patent for an Apple home theater system they’ve seen. There have actually been three before this one:
- Apple Patent from Denmark Reveals Future Quad HomePod Setup for Home Theater, Presence Detection and more
- Apple Invents a Virtual Acoustic Stereo System that Could Apply to a Home Theater, TV, Gaming System & Beyond
- Apple Invents a Smart Home Theater Audio System Designed to Deliver Optimum Surround Sound
But the difference this time around is that Apple acquired this patent from KSC Industries, and they most likely wouldn’t have made that kind of move without having intentions on doing something with it.