Apple has been granted Five Design Patents in Hong Kong covering the HomePod mini and a Charging Bridge Module
On October 13, 2020, Apple unveiled HomePod mini, the newest addition to the HomePod family that delivers impressive sound while offering the intelligence of Siri to that provides a smart home experience. This past Friday, the Hong Kong patent office granted Apple Five Design Patents that cover the HomePod mini and a "charging bridge module." In total there was 29 patent figures and our report presents you an overview with 12 choice figures.
Unlike "patent applications" that provide the public with an abstract, summary and details of an invention, design patents published around the world are limited to only providing the public with design patent figures. No additional specifics of the design are made available.
Design Patents for HomePod mini
Apple has been granted 4 design patents for HomePod mini in Hong Kong under numbers 2117559.9M001 to .9M004 as presented in the patent figure sets below.
The fourth HomePod mini design patent with the suffix .9M002 was too close to .9M003 above to bother presenting patent figures.
All of the HomePod mini design patents were filed under International Class 14–01 which covers "Equipment for the recording or reproduction of sounds or pictures." The latter part "or pictures" could possibly be to cover the integration of a display in the future.
Design Patent for a (Wireless) "Charging Bridge Module"
Apple was granted a design patent for a "Charging Bridge Module" which is not to be confused with Apple's "MagSafe Duo Charger" which was granted design patents back in March.