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Apple Patent Reveals iPod Touch Phone Call Add-on


Apple Patent Reveals iPod Touch Phone Call Add-on

Apple has filed a patent for device that will turn the iPod touch into a phone, a web site has discovered.

Patently Apple has revealed that 27 Apple patent application were filed last week, and intriguingly one of them is an accessory that will enable the iPod touch to access a mobile phone network.

‘Transceiver 213’ would connect either via USB or wirelessly and enable communication with any network, such as Wi-Fi (redundant, Wimax, a mobile phone network and even a satellite network.

If you’re wondering why Apple might want this, one could suggest that Apple might see this as an enhanced Mifi type device, providing occasional voice and text access via either mobile networks or Wimax, if there is one locally.

That said, we’re not convinced that Apple would go down this route and perhaps just wants to acquire the patents for such a device itself to ward off those such as a the Chinese company that has created a product called an 'Apple Peel 520’, a $60 device that plugs into an iPod touch and contains a SIM card that adds phone network access and extended battery power.

In addition, Apple already has a perfectly fine iPod touch-like device that’s pretty good at making phone calls. Actually, on second thoughts….

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September 21, 2010, 11:18 am

Maybe it's Apple's new solution to their antenna problems. No information on how to hold it though....


September 21, 2010, 1:11 pm

How can they apply for a patent for a device that is already commercially available from at least 2 companies?



September 21, 2010, 1:52 pm

Is there any indication this is intended for calls and texts rather than just 3G data? Anyway, how can Apple possibly expect to be granted a patent for a device that does no more than bridge WiFi or USB to 3G (or WiMax or whatever)? There are already several devices doing this. There must be more to the application than that.


September 21, 2010, 3:02 pm

As Craig said, I doubt one can apply for a patent on something that's already out there, though if you can, it's an abuse of the patent system to deliberately patent something you have no intention of (others) making. I doubt Apple is concerned about the Peel device though - the whole point of the iPhone is the mobile data connection, and by the time you've paid for that, you might as well just buy an iPhone on contract. Apple's notional device could be good for occasional 3G use on the Touch / Pad though, when on holiday and so on.

Dan 13

September 21, 2010, 3:56 pm

The sooner Apple gets rid of the IPod Touch and brings the IPhone down to a reasonable price without the need for a contract the better. Nobody would care about the iPod and everyone would buy the iPhone instead. It's seem ridiculous to have two product so closely speced. I would suspect if you brought the iphone down to ipod prices today, then the Ipod touch as a product would be discontinued. Apple just give the mass Market what they want an iPhone off contract at a decent price.


September 21, 2010, 4:41 pm

I wonder if they have done this patent just because of this and apple want the rights to it over some other manufacturer http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...


September 22, 2010, 8:29 am

Apple actually implementing this feature would breath new life into the iPod Touch line up. With so many iOS applications requiring an internet connection to function properly it seems quite strange of Apple to restrict the available wireless options to just WiFi. The inconvenience experienced my many of carrying two separate devices would ease any fears the company may have of this cannibalizing any iPhone sales.

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