Apple has devised a pocket-sized companion that (hypothetically) does all of it: music, movies AND books, sans the nagging smartphone or clumsy smartwatch. Cupertino, you’re so shut.

In a patent utility printed not too long ago by the U.S. Patent Workplace, Apple sketched out such a tool; a headphone case-meets-pocket-computer with a touchscreen show and the prerequisite guts for flicking via songs, watching movies, peeping the climate and even navigating someplace by way of a mapping app. Put one other manner, time is a flat circle and Apple invented the iPod yet again.

Judging by the submitting, Apple sought to patent one thing paying homage to a teensy iPod Contact, however with a nook for charging its wi-fi earbuds. That is solely a patent utility, which implies there’s presently no (zilch! zero!) indication a supercharged AirPods case like this may exist past some doodles.

Certain, the corporate may be exploring such a tool, given its effectively–established curiosity in smarter earbuds. Nevertheless, Apple might merely want to lay down some metaphorical roadblocks for the competitors by way of this submitting. In any case, an iPod renaissance? Sounds dreamy to me.

“The best factor about iPod is you could take your complete music library with you, proper in your pocket,” Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stated millennia in the past, in 2001. Within the years since, every part and nothing has modified; music is arguably nonetheless the good factor in regards to the iPhone, and it’s one cause why iPod nostalgia bubbles up time and time once more — within the type of an unauthorized, iPod-inspired app; wistful tweets; a foolish smartwatch accent; film cameos; letters to an editor; and so forth.

The iPod is lifeless, however our nice craving for units that do much less? That lives on.