Apple has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent Office for a pocket-sized device that combines the functionalities of music, videos, books, and navigation without needing a smartphone or smartwatch.
The device is similar to a small iPod Touch or iPod Nano, with a slot for charging wireless earbuds. However, it is currently unclear if Apple will develop such a device or is simply laying down roadblocks for competitors.
The iPod was a revolutionary device introduced in 2001. Its popularity has endured, with many people still nostalgic for the days when they could carry their entire music library in their pocket. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said, “The coolest thing about iPod is that you can take your entire music library with you, right in your pocket.”
Music remains a significant part of the iPhone’s appeal despite the advancements in technology since then.
Apple’s patent application suggests it is exploring the idea of creating a modern version of the iPod, with added functionalities such as videos, books, and navigation. However, it is unclear if Apple will develop such a device or if it is just a way to deter competitors from pursuing a similar product.
The iPod may be dead, but the desire for simpler devices that do less remains. Apple’s patent application for a pocket-sized companion that combines various functionalities without needing a smartphone or smartwatch could be a nod to this desire.
However, it remains to be seen whether Apple will develop such a device or if it is just a way to protect its intellectual property. As Steve Jobs said, “The coolest thing about iPod is that you can take your entire music library with you, right in your pocket.”
The dream of a modern iPod that does more than play music may still be alive, but it is uncertain if it will become a reality.