The invention, entitled "Reduced Size Multi-Pin Male Plug Connector," was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday and describes a smaller 30-pin dock connector with updated connection standards.
"Some embodiments of the present invention can provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards," the filing read, citing USB 3.0 and DisplayPort as examples of these standards.
The device depicted in the application's drawings is an iPod, but the invention extends to other mobile devices and laptop and desktop computers.
Apple patents dock connector with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0
Posted on Thursday, Apr 07 2011 @ 23:59 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck