Apple Has Been Working On Its AirPods Since At Least 2015
This is one concept that's been polished for some time.
If you dig using your Apple AirPods and find them useful, know that you might have had them sooner, if a new patent application published recently is to be believed.
Via AppleInsider, these plans are some of the first to be made publix, and they show off a rudimentary version of Apple's AirPods, which are a pair of earbuds with no wires arranged in a charging case that can also act as a pairing interface.
Many of the features revealed in the new patent that we can publicly examine now have been removed from the AirPods as we know them, but of course designing something like this does tend to take some time. The patent itself was actually filed for originally back in 2015 an gives credit to several individuals as its inventors: Robert D. Watson, David John Shaw, Ganesha Adkasthala Ganapathi Batta, Chandrahas Aralaguppe Chandramohan, Gregory Robert Burnsand, Benjamin Huth Byer.
But it's important to remember that despite the date on the patent filing, the inventors could have been working on these ideas for a good, long time over the last few years before the final product came to fruition. It's still interesting to see what kind of work went into putting it all together before it all came together.