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Apple May Add Tiny Speaker at Bottom of iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano

Apple is planning to add a tiny speaker at the bottom of the iPod Shuffle or iPod Nano, according to a new Apple patent filing.

According to an article (opens in new tab) on Slashgear, a newly discovered Apple patent, filed last year, shows that Apple is planning to allow Nano and Shuffle owners the ability to listen to music without the need for headphones.

The patent filing shows the company plans to add speakers beneath the clip which lets users attach the device to something. This way, the speaker won't be in the way of the existing design, but is inconspicuously present at the same time.

The speaker design is similar to the ones found on tablet devices, but the way they are designed affects the quality of sound that iPods will be able to produce.

As usual, there is no indication when the speakers would be arriving for the devices, if at all, which depends on when Apple decides to include them in future models.

Interestingly, the patent also describes the use of a material called the Kapton Film, which is capable of remaining stable under a wide range of temperatures.