Honey I Shrunk The iPod Audio Jack
In the tech world, bigger is never better - especially when it comes to our mobile gadgets. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that there is evidence to suggest that Apple continues to toil with ways of making the iPod and its components even smaller - right down to their audio jacks.
As it turns out, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received a patent application from Apple titled "Audio Jack with Pogo Pins for Conductive Contacts." In a nutshell, what we have here is a comprehensive description of an "audio headphone jack that depends on deflectable Pogo pins to conserve space." According to Apple Insider (who discovered the patent application in question), the audio jacks would pack "several conductive pads in order to create contact with a standard 1/8-inch audio cable when plugged in." Based on details provided in the application, audio, power and data can be transferred through these particular cables.
Although we are only learning of the parent application this week, the application was actually first filed for on June 10, 2009. Since then, Apple has revealed its smallest and sleekest line of iPods yet, all of which take the boundaries of pint-sized technology to the limit. But as Apple continues to make their products smaller, faster, and more durable, one can only imagine how many other patent applications are either forthcoming from Apple or are already in the works without our present knowledge.