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Apple patent is for an AirPods case with a digital audio output port

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,085,083) for a wireless headset (think AirPods) carrying case with a digital audio output port. Such a case seems designed for Apple’s long-long-delayed AirPower wireless charger should it ever see the light of day.

Per the patent the AirPods case is configured to house a pair of wireless earbuds and charge the earbuds when they’re in the case. Interestingly, the case would include its own wireless radio that can wirelessly communicate audio from a non-wireless source (an iPhone, iPad, or Mac seem likely) to the AirPods when they’re not in the case. 

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.