seems that Lightning cable will continue to have good health in the future or at least Apple plans is to continue investing in this technology. This is what get’s conclusion after seeing the interest of Apple in a new visual technology that could be incorporated in future cable Lightning .
such technology consists of a thunderbolt illuminated within the own connector that would provide users a new means of data transmission, along with a series of combination of cables, as well as feedback for all devices equipped for this cable.
new patent Apple cable Lightning
Apple patent under the application 62208470 was named “Illuminated connectors for printed circuit boards” . A patent filed by the Cupertino in August of the year 2016 and posted this Thursday by the Office of patents and trademarks in the United States. This patent search instead of using a simple LED inside the Lightning cable, fits plates of lighting inside the port as you can see in the image below.
Apple already have a lighting system in the different ports which includes the Mac Pro. This lighting served users to indicate the type of port that has this team and thus be able to differentiate them more easily . However, this patent application goes far beyond a simple lighting. Possible products that use this patent can serve as helpful to the user when you connect a cable to a device in the dark.
in addition, the presentation of the patent points out that lighting can be” colored or patterned “. This means that you can transmit information to a user to more speed through the proper connection. The diagrams suggest that this cable will be illuminated so to be used at a small distance in a tab mounted on the connector itself.
Apple is not closed to other types of cable
using the light emitted as other means of communication, the connected device could communicate and negotiate a protocol between the two devices. After this communication, devices that use the patent may include the ability to transfer data at non-standard speeds, be able to reconfigure one or more pins on the cable connected to include more functions as a force operating at voltages that are not the manufacturer standards.
Apple also said that other types of data such as authentication or identification data can be transmitted or received by a connector dedicated to this kind of cables. In this patent, Apple has included USB ports as USB type C, HDMI, DVI, Ethernet, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, Lightning, DART and wiring UART as potential candidates to host this technology in the future.
the patent application accredits Chia Chi Wu of Taiwan, Li Zhengyu of China and Zheng Gao’s San Jose USA, as inventors of this idea. Don’t forget to follow aware of possible developments in our web site on the next iPhone 8 and their possible developments in the next keynote in September.