“On April 19, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple’s inventions relating to next generation connectors designed with slimmer devices in mind,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The new connectors that are designed to be smarter, stronger and safer will apply to all of Apple’s future hardware,” Purcher reports. “Apple states that as devices and mobile devices in particular become smaller and slimmer they’re also being designed with more functionality. Apple sees this trend continuing well into the future; one that will continue to pack even more features into increasingly smaller devices.”

Purcher reports, “Today’s invention revelation could apply to future Apple hardware including MacBook Pros, the Cinema display, iPods, iPads, iMacs and the iPhone.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]