Patently Apple is reporting on a newly-published patent application from Apple which details plans for an integrated speaker in the iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle’s clip. This would be a piezoelectric speaker. Whatever that means. The speaker itself would be housed in a small domed or dimpled cover which would produce specific acoustic effects, which […]
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Apple Looking to Build Speakers into iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle?

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Patently Apple is reporting on a newly-published patent application from Apple which details plans for an integrated speaker in the iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle’s clip. This would be a piezoelectric speaker. Whatever that means.

The speaker itself would be housed in a small domed or dimpled cover which would produce specific acoustic effects, which would in turn allow for movement of air to create sound.

Of course, a speaker on the clip would require a power source and communication to the main body of the device. Apple solves this problem by feeding wires or microchips through or alongside the hinge of the clip.

Needless to say, the sounds quality wouldn’t be that great, but could offer audio feedback such as clicks for user input. The device could also emit more complex sounds. Apple gives no description for what this speaker might be used for. It’s noting more than speculation at this point.

If I had to guess, and this is a stretch which is limited by technology of the time, but I see Apple laying the groundwork for Siri-enabled devices. Just think, you could talk to your iPod Shuffle, and it responds. That seems a ways off. More likely, this will simply be used to listen to music.

Image courtesy of Patently Apple.

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