Apple Patent Could Lay Roadmap for Next-Gen iPhone
Patent filings are not an uncommon occurrence in the consumer tech industry. They come and go like utility bills. You see them. You may open them to take a look and see what’s up. Then they go in the junk pile. (That’s not just me, right?) But every once in a while, one comes along that makes you stop and dig a little deeper. And that’s exactly the case with a recent Apple patent filing that was spotted by Digital Trends.
In it, the site found more than just a few breadcrumbs of information. The headline note here is that Apple appears to be working on a technology that would allow the iPhone’s screen to act as a speaker. The goal, according to the patent, is to build a speaker in a way such that its pistonic motion (the up and down vibrations that enable sound to pass through) is improved. It’d be easy to disregard the iPhone connection as Apple is also in the midst of expanding its audio portfolio, but there’s one diagram in particular that stands out.
The peculiar shape seems to resemble the company’s flagship device—though it’s not the only bit of info dropped in the patent that suggests this is a technology that would be for the iPhone. Additionally, the filing references a “hermetically sealed barrier” around the edge of the speaker, which is something that almost certainly refers to maintaining the housing device’s integrity as a water-resistant product.