Apple Patent Shows Off Combined USB and SD Card Port

Posted June 27, 2013 at 6:36pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11814 views

A recent application patent filed shows that Apple is trying to slim down its notebook lineup by potentially combining the USB slot and SD Card reader into one port.

The invention, which Apple calls a 'combined input port' adds contact surfaces for the different inputs (such as USB and SD cards). With this invention, Apple could potentially find ways to put USB and SD card readers on even their smallest 11" MacBook Airs.

An input port for an electronic device for receiving different types of connectors, memory cards, or plugs. The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. A first set of contacts is positioned on the substrate at a first depth into the receiving aperture and a second set of contacts is positioned on a first surface of the outer wall at a second depth into the receiving aperture. The first set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

While the patent is just being published today, it was originally filed in December of 2011. While Apple patents sometimes never make their way into products, the potential for this "combined input port" in smaller notebooks would be a welcomed addition.

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Vinay - June 28, 2013 at 3:46am
This would require a thicker notebook not help get it thinner. Seems like a waste. Also you can't use both at once. They prolly will never use this.
Ronald McD - June 28, 2013 at 1:46am
why say its tgtbt? no mention of this going on a idevice
! - June 28, 2013 at 12:20am
1. iOS Devices should have this 2. This thing is very likely to break
Tom - June 27, 2013 at 10:04pm
Pt. 162 seems to be the weekest link.
Tom - June 27, 2013 at 9:59pm
Lol It looks like moebius strip :) If they make it, it will be the most vulnerable port ever. Its just for deffense at the court.
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