The days of buying a charging dock or stand for an Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad could be numbered, as Apple may build one into the product’s own box.
Apple has been granted a patent for a new design of product packaging than enables it to double easily as a stand or dock for its mobile gadgets such as the iPhone or iPod.
According to Patently Apple, the application was filed in May 2011 but has just been published and detailed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Its accompanying diagram shows packaging for a generic iPhone or iPod touch style of mobile device. The box has a removable lid and a base that can transform into a stand or, when used with the gadget’s supplied cable, a charging dock.
Rather than some quick-fix temporary solution, the new packaging appears to be intended as a more long-term stand or dock as it has parts to hold the mobile in place.
A rudimentary version can already be done with existing Apple packaging, such as the new iPad mini, as a video on Gotta Be Mobile demonstrates.
There’s a healthy market in third-party accessories for Apple gear such as charging docks and iPad stands, and whether Apple’s plan actually makes it into the real world remains to be seen.
If your iDevice came with a convertible stand made out of the box itself, would you be less likely to buy a “proper” accessory? Let us know on the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or via the comments boxes below.