Apple has an wide history of stacking up patents.
This has aided it in the not so distant past in the lawsuit with Samsung, which it won.
According Patently Apple statements, patent has filed by the company, that particularize a new manner of retail packaging which permits it to transform into a docking station for iOS devices(iPad and iPhone).
Thus to the Patently Apple,ﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠﾯﾾﾾﾢﾯﾾﾾﾾﾀﾯﾾﾾﾾﾜIt appears that Apple is seriously thinking of taking their iDevice retail packaging to the next level, Transformer style. Apple’s invention is all about providing for packaging with multiple uses and functions after opening. In one embodiment, the packaging includes a base and a removable lid. The base converts into being a docking station for the iDevice.ﾯﾾﾾﾢﾯﾾﾾﾾﾀﾯﾾﾾﾾﾝ
The lid as displayed in the image is intend to conformed an items (iPod touch or an iPhone).
The article states,ﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠﾯﾾﾾﾢﾯﾾﾾﾾﾀﾯﾾﾾﾾﾜIn particular, the dimensions of packaging could alternatively be sized to accommodate portable entertainment devices such as an MP3 player or smart phone, computer tablets such as the iPad or any other suitable device one wishes to both package and display.ﾯﾾﾾﾢﾯﾾﾾﾾﾀﾯﾾﾾﾾﾝ
When Apple does utilize this technology, one would certainly have much more exploits for the packaging than simply leave it in a place for an unknown amount of time.
Although, it can be some time earlier actually we look this technology being executed unless Apple conclues to speed up the process and release it with the brandﾯﾾﾾﾢﾯﾾﾾﾾﾀﾯﾾﾾﾾﾙs 2013 generation of iOS devices.
At the same time this can create sense to most why Apple can determined to manufacture a packaging that doubles up as a dock, also the brand has a track record of filing for patents for concealed technology.
The brand filed for a patent for a treadmill which can unite with iOS devices, ﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠearlier this year. The patent displays it is using forﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠ“sports equipment apparatus”ﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠwith components elements that can permit it to be hooked up with an iDevice.
Also the patent detailsﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠ“circuits, methods and apparatus” which can permitsﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠthe sports equipment to write data to a media player. And it displays cardio equipment, ﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠhas diagrams to display how the interface can work with a treadmill.
The patent shows a 30-pin connector, so it looks like the treadmill would permits users to play media from users iPhone or iPod simplyﾯﾾﾾﾂﾯﾾﾾﾾﾠby hooking user device up to a dock.
Also the patent displays that the treadmill would study user information and adjust its settings. It could make records of user workout and have them stored on user iDevice. This would not only be useful in keeping track of users workouts but also to share with friends on their iDevices or the social networks.
Already Apple has pillaged into the fitness world earlier with the Nike application, launched in 2006, that started out as a chip in users shoe which would join to users iPod wirelessly and gather information on user run, such as the pace, distance and more.
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