“On October 20, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on optical transmitting cables, connectors and adapters,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“I first thought that the patent was simply describing Thunderbolt until I saw the illustrations,” Purcher reports. “They have nothing to do with Thunderbolt.”

Purcher reports, “These kinds of cables are usually used with HDTV’s and other home electronics. While optical cables are interesting and I’m sure that they’ll likely work with a future iteration of Apple TV – I wonder what else Apple may have in mind. Interestingly, the patent graphics make it appear as if the product is in its final stages of design.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.

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