New Apple Patents Indicate Focus on Product
There is a lot to take in with the patent. It looks like the repositionable control device could be used to do things like adjusting the volume of media being player or change the temperature of a thermostat. The knob is repositionable, so it can be removed and attached to displays and other devices. In theory, therefore, it could be used on an iPad, Mac, or cars. The patent also suggests it could take other forms such as having a sliding control and buttons. Furthermore, input-output devices might involve sensors monitoring things such as ambient light, proximity, force, and touch.
Apple filed for the patent in the second quarter of 2017. As ever with patents, we have to adopt a “wait and see” approach. This really could be used in any number of devices, but it’s certainly interesting.