Apple Patent Application Reveals Integrated Charging Contacts in iPod Nano Clip

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    A newly-published Apple patent application (via AppleInsider) reveals Apple's interest in exploring the use of the iPod nano's clip as a charging and docking mechanism, a move that would eliminate the need for a dedicated docking port on the bottom edge of the device as found in the current design.

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    By incorporating electrical contacts into the clip and using a dock adapter to provide compatibility with Apple's current docking stations, the clamping action of the iPod nano's clip could hold the device in position for charging purposes.
    Apple's patent application also describes a number of other implementations for the clip-based charging mechanism, including the ability to clip directly onto a charging point on the bezel of another device.

    The newly-published patent, originally filed in January 2011, is not the first time Apple has proposed a means to increase the utility of the iPod nano's clip. A May 2010 application proposed integrating a piezoelectric speaker into the clip, while a prototype device has hinted at plans to equip the device with a rear camera that would project through a hole in the clip.

    A new rumor surfacing earlier this week claims, however, that Apple will be abandoning the current iPod nano design later this year in favor of an oblong design with a larger screen and a home button similar to that found on iOS devices.

    Apple is also rumored to be bringing a smaller dock connector to its iOS devices later this year, a feature that could make its way to the iPod nano as well given that the device currently uses the same dock connector design seen in iOS devices.

    Article Link: Apple Patent Application Reveals Integrated Charging Contacts in iPod Nano Clip
     
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    Interesting concept. However, Apple nice charging methods are always tampered by case manufacturers.
     
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    FakeWozniak

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    Add a camera and the speaker, and I'd buy one!
    I liked the prior patent application for hiding a speaker behind the clip, too.
     
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    Piggie

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    Neat idea, clip on for charging.

    But come on, can't we get wireless charging please?
    I know it takes a bit longer/slower, but even as an option?
     
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    I wish they would just drop the clip. I liked the iPod touch-like design shown in an earlier thread.
     
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    I think the clip is okay, since if they kept the same size without the clip, you would lost it easily :)
     
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    Can't they just sync/charge through the headphone jack like the shuffle? I always liked that solultion.
     
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    It takes quite a long time which is not problem of the Shuffle, because it lasts about 3 weeks on one charge. :)
     
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    Highly dangerous. Be sure to avoid this.
     
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    Wow, this is actually really, really cool.

    Then accessories mfrs can design clothing with built-in contacts and solar panels. Clip your iPod to your shirt and charge while you jog! :D
     
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    It's DC, its like saying having an open AA battery laying around is dangerous :rolleyes:
     
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    fancy it is. but I like the current monolithic approach with "one cable fits all". it's just simpler and more convenient.
     
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    Can we please, please have the "downvote" button back? Even if just to stop the spread of misinformation like this?

    This is no different than the Magsafe charger. Try plugging it in and pressing the notebook end to your palm and see if anything happens. Answer: nothing does.
     
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    Interesting concept. I am curious to see if this concept or something similar makes its way to the iPhone.
     
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    If they are going to all the trouble of making this new dock work (which they may not be) then couldn't they work on making it faster instead?
     
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    You could lick the charger and still be safe. (Although you shouldn't try that ofcourse)
    Stop spreading misinformation.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Cool idea, but I too prefer the one cable fits all solution. It's just much more convenient.
     
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    Yeah, sure it will be 100% better. Why do we need a big dock when you are ok with few inch long cable. It doesn't even fit the Nano box and would cost 5 times as much.
     
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    I hope they improve the speed and go with that method for all iPods/iPads in future. Makes the devices much cleaner to look at.

    I guess they just wanted to call dibs on this idea so no one else does it.
     
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    Just use your MagSafe technology Apple!! No more pins!!!
     
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    This is quite an interesting idea, but I would be concerned about the contacts becoming dirty/damaged from their placement on surfaces used for clipping to materials.
     
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    A Nano running iOS with a home button. Hmmm, the iPhone Nano rumor realized.

    Also how many synching form factors are ther now?

    30 pin connector
    New approx 12 pin connector (expected)
    Original 30 pin with firewire
    Nano/Shuffle through 1/8" phone jack
    Clip (proposed)
    Others?
     
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    I doubt they would go with that method on iPad/iPhone/iTouch. Even if they had made it faster, they could have made the current one faster than that one. Because the iPad already takes 5 hours to charge and charging speed is kind of important factor.

    Therefore I can only imagine seeing it on Nanos/Shuffles.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    And this is exactly what is wrong with frivolous patent applications. Why is Apple able to register a patent for a clip-based charger when clip-based charging is already available in many devices? Anyone with a FitBit ultra or Suunto Ambit will use clip-based charging already. Apple may have some vaguely original claim to the manner of their particular implementation but really, is an evolution of an existing idea really worth a patent?

    This sort of thing stifles innovation instead of protecting it.
     
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    Not only slower, but it takes up a lot more space inside. There's no room to spare when you're trying to remain small.

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    Why is this dangerous? You don't have to worry about voltage until it nears 40V. This is no more dangerous than picking up a AAA battery with your bare hands.
     

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