As Apple often makes tiny audio devices such as the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, it’s worth remembering that the size of the device is also affected by the 3.5mm audio jack component, and a recent patent filing by Apple confirms that Apple is looking into possible ways to meet the demands of its ever-shrinking media players. The patent describes a new audio jack that uses pogo pins to provide the necessary conductive contacts, which could possibly pave the way for an even-smaller media player in the future. Engineers out there who are interested in the messy details of this patent can check out the full patent details and perhaps use it in their weekend project.
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