Today was a big patent day for Apple. They won 6 new patents published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office.
One of these patents looks like a remote control that resembles the current iPod Shuffle. You can see for yourself by the drawing to the right.
The remote control has a belt clip built into the back, and has a round click-wheel on the front. Function of the remote was not defined, but I can certainly guess that it could be used to control your iPod, iTunes, AppleTV, etc… The list goes on.