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Apple patent points to iPod nano/shuffle speaker

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPod nano, iPod shuffle


A recently published Apple patent application suggests the company has been working on a way to add a speaker to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. Entitled “Speaker Clip”, U.S. Patent Application #20110274303 describes a rear clip, similar to the one found on current-model iPod nanos and iPod shuffles, that incorporates a piezoelectric speaker in a recessed region in the clip, with perforations to allow the audio to pass through. Notably, one of the drawings included in the patent shows a round hole in the rear clip of an iPod nano-shaped device, serving as evidence that the company has been experimenting with the idea of added a camera to the device, as was suggested by a part leak earlier this year.

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I would have never of thought of putting an external speaker actually in the shuffle. I just use the clip for when I’m working out! I’m giving away an ipod shuffle at War On Sound and even though it doesn’t have a clip speaker (which would be awesome) it’s still a great “hands-free” way to listen to your tunes.

Posted by Mitchell on February 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

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