The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 53 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent regarding an iPhone dock that provides a flexible pivoting connector mechanism.
Granted Patent: A Dock with a Flexible Lightning Connector Mechanism
Apple's newly granted patent generally relates to a possible future docking station having a connector with a compliance mechanism that is more flexible and durable than conventional docks connectors. Should Apple introduce such a dock, they could introduce it with USB-C or lightning.
Apple notes that "Some embodiments allow the connector to move relative the dock base when connected to a portable electronic device. This movement of the connector can absorb undesirable forces, thereby reducing a likelihood of the connector breaking from misuse Examples of compliant movement include sliding, translation, flexures, rotation, sliding, rolling, pivoting and/or some combination thereof."
To see more details and graphics, see our original patent application report dating back to March 2014 here.
Apple's granted patent 9,261,919 was originally filed in Q2 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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