“Apple has shown interest in building a clip-on iPod with the same wearable form factor as the current iPod nano or iPod shuffle, but with a new integrated speaker built directly into the rear clip,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The interesting concept was revealed this week in a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” Hughes reports. “Discovered by AppleInsider, the filing is simply entitled, ‘Speaker Clip.’”

Hughes reports, “The text of the proposed invention makes no specific mention of the iPod nano, or even the similarly shaped iPod shuffle. In fact, it doesn’t even include Apple’s iPod brand name. But the accompanying images show a device that looks like the current clip-on iPod nano and iPod shuffle, only with the new inclusion of an integrated speaker.”

More info, and Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.