Patent Filing Shows Completely Re-Designed Next-Gen AirPods

A new Apple patent filing published today by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has revealed completely re-designed next generation AirPods, as well as the wired EarPods, that feature a new wraparound mechanism with ear magnets to keep the pods from falling out of a user’s ears. According to PatentlyApple, Apple’s invention details “earphone assemblies with magnets for anchoring to a user”.

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The filing details an earphone assembly that may include a hook member including a functional component called the body. An audio output component is positioned within the body, with a first magnet physically coupled to the body, while a second magnet is positioned against the user’s ear in a functional position that directs sound from the audio output component into the user’s ear. 

The two magnets are positioned on opposite sides of a wall of the ear and are magnetically attracted to one another via the wall for holding the body in the functional position.

In another example, an earphone assembly for use by a user’s ear may be provided that may include a body, an audio output component including a first magnet positioned at least partially within the body and a second magnet, wherein, when the body is positioned against the user’s ear in a functional position that is operative to direct sound from the audio output component into the user’s ear, the first magnet and the second magnet are operative to be positioned on opposite sides of a wall of the ear and are operative to be magnetically attracted to one another via the wall for holding the body in the functional position.

The patent application was filed by Apple back in Q2 2016.

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  • Mario Gaucher

    I like the AirPods and EarPods they way they are right now…
    I hate all in ear headphones that I’ve tried (high, mid and low end models)…
    hopefully Apple will keep the current design if they release newer models in the future.

  • johnnygoodface

    I’m just about to get them at the store tomorrow… I hope they feel as good as you say they do 🙂

  • Mario Gaucher

    if you like the wired EarPods, you will like the AirPods…
    They essentially both have the same feel… except no wires and a little bit more bass.

  • KIII

    Just left a post on the other thread regarding battery drain. Assuming this is the same issue reported by others- 100% charge on pods and case PM then in the AM case shows 80%.

    Hope theres an update posted this seems a little tricky for people that do not have an actual Apple Store available to schedule a device inspection.

    Also the application Duet Display was mentioned not long ago- be aware Duet Display Pro is showing in the store now and it is not the same app.

  • Christine Williams

    Men. Just buy Beats Solo 3 (not pink for God sake) and be done with it.

  • Jer

    May theory looks to be true, and i was talking about this back in September when i first saw the current AirPods, a Sport version is my speculation, where the hook for the ear essentially makes them similar to the Powerbeats Wireless minus the cord and smaller. For me as an advent runner i love my apple watch paired with my powerbeats wireless but these AirPods are NOT a great running earbud, but if redesigned with a ear hook these could be great for running and could potentially supply more battery for a better audio driver and longer usage. The carrying case could be much bigger if it still maintained the recharging station for these re-designed AirPods.

    Anyone else hope this theory is true?!?!?!