Patent Reveals Apple Working On iPhone Cases That Charge AirPods

Apple is working on some unique iPhone cases that could charge AirPods as well as other accessories, according to a new patent discovered by AppleInsider

This patent is titled "Cases and folios for carrying and charging accessories" and was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Although the patent can be applied to any external accessories, most of the images included in the application file are based on AirPods.

The patent outlines a variety of configurations, including "a folio, a wallet, a flap, a cover, an enclosure, a holster, a clip, a sleeve, an armband, or suitable combination hereof," which capable of store AirPods or other electronic accessories and can also charge these accessories.

If the case contains a battery, it can be charged through a terminal from the device in the case. This battery can then be used to charge the accessory via another terminal. Apple also indicated that the phone case can communicate with the devices and accessories inside through NFC, and there is "a slot-style compartment to store money and credit cards."

One of the main designs of the phone case depicts AirPods charging in a long, raised section on the front of a folio.

The patent adds that some cases can “include a screen that displays information provided by the devices and/or accessories, such as the charge level of the devices and/or accessories”, and explains how a small display could show the time or an incoming call.

Nevertheless, the patent does not necessarily prove that Apple intends to launch a real product, but the iPhone case that can accommodate AirPods does not seem to be an infeasible product.

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