Apple has cooked up a design for headphones that can also serve as external loudspeakers.
A patent filed today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes a "dual-mode headphone" that could deliver sound whether you wear them around your ears or place them on a surface, according to Patently Apple.
The headphones would include circuitry to detect their position. They'd sense when they're around or near your ears so that you're not blown away by the sound.
A built-in amplifier would pipe up the audio to deliver higher output when the headphones are … Read more