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09-19-2010, 12:35 PM #1
Make Calls with Your iPod/iPad: Apple Patent
In a pile of new Apple patent applications released today, one surprise stood out: Apple is working on an external transceiver that would turn an iPod touch - or any mobile device, from a media player to a game console - into a full-featured cellular phone. The patent, called "Accessory Transceiver for Mobile Devices," was highlighted by Patently Apple today. In addition to giving calling services to an iPod, the patent also details how the transceiver could be used to connect an iPhone to a different cellular network, specifically referencing a CDMA network like the one used by Verizon in the US.
The patent, credited to Apple engineers Paul Holden, Robert Borchers, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Emily Clark Schubert and Stephen Chick, was one of 27 that were released today. In the introduction, the inventors noted that "conventional mobile devices are often dedicated to performing a specific application," such as MP3 players that only play music or dumbphones that are limited to making calls. The invention aims to add communication functionality to devices that don't currently have it, allowing you to, for example, make calls from a PSP, or browse the Web from a phone without data services. The patent notes, significantly, that "a mobile device can be equipped with an internal transceiver that allows the mobile device to communicate with a mobile phone network, for example, a GSM mobile telephone network… can use an accessory transceiver to communicate with a different mobile phone network, for example, a CDMA mobile telephone network." So this invention would allow any iPhone to access Verizon's network, whether or not Apple ever comes out with the long-rumored CDMA version of the phone.
A more likely Apple product based on this patent, though, would be an accessory that would give cell phone capability to iPad or iPod touch devices. The drawings attached to the patent, in fact, show the iPod touch as the controlling device for the transceiver. In addition to a cell network, the transceiver could be used to access other wireless data systems, such as satellite networks, WiFi, WiMAX, and so forth. The transceiver could either be connected by a cord to the device or, in some "embodiments of the invention," wirelessly.
source: Patently Apple
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09-19-2010, 12:39 PM #2
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09-19-2010, 12:50 PM #4
good i hope they release it soon COZ I WANT ONE
09-19-2010, 12:50 PM #5
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09-19-2010, 01:11 PM #7
I wouldn't buy one cause I have an iPhone but cool
09-19-2010, 01:18 PM #8
why do we need this?Mactwisted
09-19-2010, 01:25 PM #9
so it's basically a iphone without contracts, i'm fine with thatName? whereswaldo
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09-19-2010, 01:28 PM #10
Why would you want this with an iPod Touch, just buy an iPhone. The CDMA version of the iPhone will be out before this thing. And that's not an iPod Touch in the patent drawings, that's an iPhone (notice the speaker).
09-19-2010, 01:28 PM #11
So if you were out in the middle of the rocky mountains you could use it to make an emergency satellite call. That would be my only use.
09-19-2010, 01:54 PM #12
If it's possible, only reason for Apple to patent it is to stop others using it. I mean, why would a phone manufacturer ever plan to release a device that removes the need for a phone?
09-19-2010, 02:08 PM #13
This would be nice to have
09-19-2010, 02:13 PM #14
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09-19-2010, 02:25 PM #15
Those are really bad iPhone drawings. So is this goin to be a box to plug into the dock?
09-19-2010, 02:38 PM #16
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09-19-2010, 03:18 PM #18
Hopefully it's not to big and bulky for those of you that want one
09-19-2010, 04:22 PM #19
So then what would be the point of even buying an iPod/iPad?? If you want to makes calls from either why not just go with an iPhone?? This is pretty dumb... in some ways of corse. For others of corse I could see why they would want this.
Like to see the idiot holding there iPad up against there head as a phone!! lol
Even though I know the headphones would be needed since there's no ear piece in the iPad.
09-19-2010, 05:17 PM #20
Also, it's impossible for any company to (legally) prevent the use of their idea. They can sue, but if they're not making use of their invention, and gave the other company no option to license it, the court will simply determine "reasonable royalty fee" that the infringer must pay. Apple would have to file for an injunction, and would have a difficult time convincing a court in a case where their evident goal was simply to suppress an invention rather than use it for their own gain.
Also, all this is ignoring prior art (Mifi, anyone?).
Last edited by cypherpunk; 09-19-2010 at 05:17 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost