Why Did Apple Just File a Vaporizer Patent?

29 January, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Why Did Apple Just File a Vaporizer Patent?

Vaping may get a big shot in the arm if Apple decides to enter the market with its own vaporizer. We can only speculate that the growing popularity of vaping and the increasing legalization of marijuana in the USA and overseas may be contributing to Apple's exploration of this area. Apple did not respond to the request for more information. The document, filed past year, outlines plans for an apparatus that can regulate temperature to release heat from a substance within a canister.

Ultimately, the patent doesn't detail who this vaporizer may be intended for, nor whether it has been designed with one particular substance in mind or multiple possible substances - though the description of both solid and liquid substances seems to indicate it may be multi-purpose.

From the sourced document, it is unclear whether the company will channelize the tech in its existing products or future developments.

The e-cigarette is described in the patent having a cylindrical shape, thermal jacket and a body unit as well as a lid. The patent is a relatively recent development, with the company submitting it in June 2016.

The pages outline plans for a temperature-regulated plate inside a chamber that heats up a substance to form a vapor.

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However, the patent application does not mention anything about what substance the device is created to be used with, The Verge reported on Saturday.

The details are a bit nebulous, as the patent only describes a "a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor". The plate may then rise slightly as the user draws vapor from the vaporizer, settling again after they stop.

Users would open the top of the chamber and add the substance into the canister. Quite a few outlets theorized that Cupertino would be entering the recreational vape market with its own vaporizer, while others made more realistic claims that the vaporizer invention could be used in a medical setting.

Do you think the patent points to Apple's potential entry to vaping?

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