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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half 369

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the twice-as-proprietary dept.
An anonymous reader writes with an article on a recent patent application by Apple. From the article: "Apple likes thin devices and considers the depth of the iPod, iPhone and iPad as critical component of the aesthetic appearance of a product and has been very aggressive in finding ways to trim fat from its portable devices: The 3.5 mm audio-connector stands in the way of future design improvements: Apple suggests to simply cut it in half."
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Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

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  • Re:I'm confused (Score:5, Interesting)

    by _0xd0ad (1974778) on Thursday August 18, 2011 @02:37PM (#37133580) Journal

    Current jacks will fit the new port design

    A "jack" is a female fitting. So is a "port".

    jack noun
    8 : a female fitting in an electric circuit used with a plug to make a connection with another circuit

    [2]port noun
    5 : a hardware interface by which a computer is connected to another device (as a printer, a mouse, or another computer); broadly : JACK 8

    THEY MEAN EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!

    In other words, whoever wrote that is a moron and failed to successfully explain what they meant.

    I'm still not sure whether they meant that current jacks will fit the new plug design, or that current plugs will fit the new port.

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