They’re a signature in themselves – (especially when purchasing an iPhone or iPod). However, according to a new report this week, Apple’s white earbuds could be in line for a complete revamp.
News of a possible redesign arrives on the back of the discovery of a patent entitled ‘Ultrasonically Welded Structures and Methods for Making the Same,’ originally filed by Apple at the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.
Interestingly, the patent unearthed by the site describes a possible future design for a set of ‘unibody’ earbuds.
Noting how they could weld together all the different parts which currently make Apple’s earbuds what they are today to achieve a more unified aesthetic, AppleInsider reports that the patent specifically highlights that Apple may have plans to create “a seamless unibody structure,” despite the buds still containing a few different components which have literally been welded together. Apple describes that it intends to use Ultrasonic Welding to achieve this.
From the patent:
Ultrasonically welded structures and methods for manufacturing welded structures are disclosed. The welded structures can be earbuds or headphones. The headphones can be constructed from two different component pieces welded together. A weld ring may be formed during the welding process that can be cut, sanded, polished, and cleaned to produce a headphone that appears to be of one-piece or unibody construction. One or both of the component pieces that make up a unibody headphone can contain electronic headphone components (e.g., a speaker and circuit board) that can interface with a cable structure as part of a headset.
Toward the end of the patent is also the mention of curved ‘polished’ plastic, which would likely be used to ensure a neat and finished end result once this welding process was complete.
You can read about Apple’s future-envisioned earbuds in-detail by heading here.