Every week, the US Patent and Trademark office publishes over 40 new patents for Apple. This week, the Cupertino tech giant has been granted some interesting ones. By far, the most revealing is the patent that covers a surround sound system in the MacBook Pro.
Apple wants to give their laptop users more sound quality. This patent was filed back in 2012, but it only came out yesterday. With more electronic devices becoming smaller, the sound is not as full and well-rounded as it used to be. Thin enclosures cannot possibly host the space for a big speaker; therefore, Apple has thought of ways to go around that and developed a different kind of speaker system, fit for a laptop.
According to PatentlyApple, the guys from Cupertino have included an audio transducer in electrical communication with the processor. The audio transducer includes a magnetic coil and a magnet. And here's where it gets interesting.
Instead of using one or two speakers hidden on the left and the right of the keyboard, Apple wants to have multiple speakers next to the trackpad, behind the display and next to the laptop hinge. Imagine you could achieve 4.1 surround sound from your laptop without seeing any actual speakers on the device itself.