Apple Patent Shows Possible New AirPods Max Smart Case

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a new patent that relates to a possible new form factor for an AirPods Max Smart Case, Patently Apple is reporting.

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The patent shows a new AirPods Max case that features an opening into an interior region that receives the headphones. A magnetic closure along the opening may have a pair of mating flexible magnetic members such as flexible rings that can be separated to form the opening or joined to close it.

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A magnetic clasp may also be provided on the housing with attracting magnets to help close the opening in the housing.

Each flexible magnetic member may be formed from magnetic particles or permanent magnet elements embedded in an elastomeric polymer. Elastomeric magnetic-field shunts may be provided in the flexible magnetic members.

Protruding clasp portions may be formed from a flexible polymer material and may have embedded magnets configured to repel each other to facilitate the use of the clasp.

For more details, you can check out Apple’s granted patent 11,381,892.