Apple invents smart stereo that alters its sound to suit your room

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Apple's speaker patent would work with your iPhone.
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Apple could get back in the stereo game with a speaker system capable of finding the “sweet spot” in a particular room and modifying its sound accordingly.

Apple's patent spells out how its invention could work.
Apple’s patent spells out how its invention could work.
Photo: USPTO/Apple

The audio technology, described in an Apple patent application published today, would use another device such as an iPhone to establish exactly where the listener is standing and then transmit this information to the loudspeaker. The system would even take into account surrounding furniture and other objects by measuring reflected sound waves.

With the exception of products made by Beats, Apple has been out of the speaker/stereo system game for a while now. With that said, the continued growth of Apple Music would give the company a perfect reason to have a go at targeting the market again, should it so wish.

Whether this happens or not is another matter. Late last year, Apple started selling ultra-deluxe $1,990 Phantom speakers at select Apple Stores. As much as I’d love to see a gorgeous new Jony Ive-designed Apple stereo, if Cupertino wer really planning on doing this in the near future, I doubt the company would be welcoming in that particular product.

Hey, we can dream!

Source: USPTO

Via: Patently Apple

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  • steve morton

    Apple invents smart stereo? Sonos Trueplay anyone?

  • Christian Milne

    so….. Pretty much exactly what Sonos offers with their systems? Good tech that already exists.