When Apple up to date its massively standard AirPods this yr, it didn’t make them waterproof and even waterproof as many had hoped for. However that doesn’t imply Apple isn’t actively excited about methods to make its true wi-fi earbuds a bit of extra sturdy. Our greatest proof of this comes within the type of a patent utility that was printed on Thursday, September 19. In it, Apple describes its AirPods and wi-fi charging case at size, however in case you look past the preliminary description, you’ll discover two very attention-grabbing design claims: connector on the case that might be made partially or totally waterproof and the flexibility to wirelessly recharge an adjunct like an Apple Watch utilizing the AirPod charging case.
Now, a water-proof electrical connector on a charging case is not any assure that the AirPods themselves will find yourself being waterproof, however it will make a whole lot of sense. We already know that the charging case as some type of water-repellent coating on its circuit board. Apple’s latest iPhones are waterproof, too. Lots of the AirPod’s rivals, together with the true wi-fi Beats PowerBeats Professional, characteristic some extent of waterproofing. For those who have a look at a few of the top-selling AirPod equipment, totally waterproof outer shells for the charging case are very talked-about. These indicators, plus the patent utility, make it a great wager that the following technology of AirPod will have the ability to cope (formally) with some water publicity.
As for the flexibility to wirelessly recharge an adjunct from the charging case? That’s actually not a longshot by way of the expertise wanted. Huawei and Samsung each allow you to juice Qi-charging units by sitting them on the backs of their newest smartphones, and there’s been hypothesis that Apple would possibly add the same characteristic to its iPhones down the street. The larger query is round charging capability. In the mean time, an AirPod charging case comprises a 398 mAh battery, which is sufficiently big to cost the tiny cells within the AirPods about 4 instances. An Apple Watch can be a distinct story. The Apple Watch four has a 291.eight mAh battery in response to a latest teardown, which implies that totally recharging it from an present AirPod case wouldn’t go away a lot juice leftover on your AirPods. Nonetheless, battery capacities are continually enhancing and as we’ve seen lately, true wi-fi earbuds can now last as long as 10 hours or extra on a single cost.
We are able to’t say whether or not or not the following AirPods charging case might be waterproof, or work as a charger for different units, however Apple’s patent exhibits the corporate is at the least contemplating it.