Apple’s latest patent suggests the company is looking at a new way to boost the audio for the next generation of iPhones, including the upcoming iPhone 7.
Rumors of upcoming smartphones can come from many sources. Whether an “in-the-know” blogger gets a tip from a factory worker or some savvy journalist gets a slip from inside the company it all builds on our expectation of the upcoming device. A reliable source however has always been the age-old patent office and Apple has made a new submission, this time focused on new speakers for the upcoming iPhone 7.
Apple’s latest patent suggests the company is looking at a new way to boost the audio for the next generation of iPhones, which could include the iPhone 7. This update comes hot on the heels of the rumored battery improvement and the iPhone 7 not having a headphone jack. The patent hints that the new speaker design will use the entire phone as an audio chamber. This allows for more air to pass through the speaker, theoretically boosting volume and audio quality. Read: iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack?
The patent content claims that – “As portable electronic devices get smaller and thinner, there are increased difficulties in providing the same or greater functionality in a smaller area. The one or more speakers [of this new system] can produce audio sound that can be directed (e.g., by way of one or more acoustic chambers) to one or more audio output openings.”
The possibility of these new speakers fits right into Apple’s pursuit of thinner and lighter phones. This will however be only good news for consumers opposed to the rumor that the headphone jack will disappear. We will have to wait and see, stay tuned for more iPhone 7 rumors.
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