“On January 17, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new product in the form of a removable device clip,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The advanced clip may offer a tactile buttons or a transparent glass touchpad,” Purcher reports. “The clip could be used as a remote control. The removable clip could be applied to an iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook and yes, even a ‘convertible notebook.'”

Purcher reports, “If you like to bring your iPod or iPhone to a workout, the clip will be able to provide users with an added level of convenience with quick to control button. The clip will attach to devices via a magnetic mechanism.”

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