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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for magnetically stackable connectors that we covered extensively a year ago. According to Apple, the new stackable connector design could apply to a notebook, like the new MacBook that only has a single connector. This design would a great solution for the MacBook and allow for multiple connectors stacked on each other as noted in our cover graphic. The design could also support the single port of a future iPhone or iPad while Apple envisions the design extended to other future devices such as a holographic projection system as well as for a gaming device. Apple envisions at least two styles of stackable connectors that  are presented visually in their filing.


Granted Patent: Stackable Magnetically-Retained Connector Interface


Apple's newly granted patent generally relates to stackable connectors that improve upon some current connector deficiencies. For example, a stackable connector interface with magnetic retention for electronic devices and accessories may allow power and data to be transferred between one or more stacked connectors and an electronic device.


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Apple's patent FIGS. 3A and 3B noted above illustrate unmated and mated stackable connectors, respectively, of a base device, a first peripheral, a second peripheral and a third peripheral


To see more patent graphics and far more detail, see our original 2015 report titled "Apple Reveals Inventive Next-Gen Stackable MagSafe Connectors."


Apple's granted patent 9,300,083 was originally filed in 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.


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