Apple applies for patent on a combo SD/USB port

Apple applies for a patent on a combo port, gives USB/SD combo port as example.

@tracehagan
Published Thu, Jun 27 2013 6:32 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:22 PM CST

Apple has applied for a patent on a combination SD/USB port which could be used to save space on the ever-shrinking MacBook Pro and Air. This would allow more ports to be added to a system. The patent offers USB and SD cards as the example, but it could easily be applied to other connectors.

Apple applies for patent on a combo SD/USB port | TweakTown.com

Apple explains it in technical speak:

The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. A first set of contacts is positioned on the substrate at a first depth into the receiving aperture and a second set of contacts is positioned on a first surface of the outer wall at a second depth into the receiving aperture. The first set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.

Whether or not something like this would come to fruition depends on if Apple can develop the technology behind combining ports. It's a rather difficult problem due to different form-factors, connections, and other factors.

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Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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