“A pair of patent filings discovered on Thursday reveals Apple may be looking into the deployment of fiber optic systems for iOS devices, as the applications describe an advanced cable and docking system that mates with laser-equipped portable electronic devices,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Fiber optic designs are well known for their fast transmission speeds, but up to now the technology has yet to penetrate the consumer market due to manufacturing costs and compatibility, among other hurdles. On the other hand, the tried and true method of conductive electrical transfer is ubiquitous,” Campbell reports. “Apple looks to implement the best of both worlds with its patent, joining the technologies in a compact, highly compatible solution.”
Campbell reports, “In addition to the benefits of being backwards compatbile with legacy devices through adapters, the use of electrical cabling can provide power, something fiber optic systems lack. The invention refers to this dual-mode system as being ‘electro-optical.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mikey Campbell” for the heads up.]