Apple files patent for wireless earphones aimed at sporty users

Apple could be working on new earphones that can be both wired or wireless for 'comfortable physical activity'

Apple has filed a patent application for a wireless set of earphones that are aimed at sporty users.

The application, which was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, is titled "Detachable wireless listening device," and describes a set of earphones that use wireless technology such as Bluetooth to prevent wires from bothering active users while out and about.

In the application, Apple writes that common wired headsets may be cheap and efficient, but they are "susceptible to becoming entangled while the end user is participating in physical activity."

"This is particularly nettlesome since the cord connected to the personal media player while exercising or worn on the body requires frequent adjustment to avoid entanglement which can prove distracting or in some cases present a hazard to the user."

In order to solve this problem, Apple's invention is a set of earphones that can be used as an ordinary wired pair, and can also be detached to be used wirelessly when desired.

This could be made possible through the use of magnets, which will connect the earbuds to the media player. When attached, the cables will also be able to charge the earbuds for wireless use.

The earbuds can be separated from the cord for wireless use, where the device will send audio via a radio communication or Bluetooth. Stereo audio could still be possible when using the earphones wirelessly, through the use of unique wireless addresses for the left and right earbud.

Apple filed the patent back in March 2011.

[Via Apple Insider]

See also:

Apple to ditch Intel chips in future Macs? Will your next iPhone be built by robots? Apple granted wireless adapter patent that could solve Lightning compatibility issues Anodized aluminium Black & Slate iPad mini to be unveiled this month?

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ashleigh Allsopp

Macworld U.K.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?