Launched in December 2020, Apple’s high-end, wireless, and over-ear headphones came into the limelight for two reasons: amazing features and the social media trolling of their smart case.
However, the patent, approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday, states that “a case for an electronic device such as a pair of headphones may be provided with a housing,” or a carrying case.
While there are no pictures to go alongside the patent, the usage of several diagrams shows an uncanny resemblance to that of AirPods Max. The full-on carrying case will come with an opening in the interior region to store the headphones, while a magnetic closure may be formed along the opening. Moreover, a magnetic clasp may also be provided on the housing. This would make Apple’s smart case unique from those of the Sony WH-1000XM5 and Bose QuietComfort 45, the other two popular headphones that still come with zipper cases.
The patent was officially filed by the American multinational technology giant in June 2017 and was granted approval on July 5. Following this, speculation is doing the rounds of the market that Apple might launch an updated version of the case as either a new standalone product or alongside AirPods Max 2.
Apple’s first-ever over-the-ear wireless headphones, AirPods Max, were appraised for their active noise cancellation, transparency mode, adaptive EQ, spatial audio, and a variety of colour options.
Moving ahead, since the patent was filed by Apple around five years ago, it will be noteworthy to see if it has already been scrapped from the company’s plans or will be used to release a new product.