Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) might be thinking beyond the Phones, laptops, autonomous cars and connected homes. The iPhone maker has filed a patent published January 26, wherein it talks about the concept of a vaporizer. Though there is no clarity on the details as of now.
No clear details
Apple’s patent reads that “a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor.” There is no mention of what the substance could be. Apple employee Tetsuya Ishikawa filed the patent, and chalks out the plans for a temperature-regulated plate inside a chamber that heat up a substance to form a vapor.
Within the patent, it is mentioned that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to develop hi-tech vaporizer posibly for use CBD and CBN oils. As per the document filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it would be an “äppartus” that uses proprietary technology to create a consistent vaporization rate. This implies that more liquid is vaporized rather than lost to cooling, notes Macworld. The original patent was filed by Apple in 2016.
Is Apple foraying into weed business?
Vapor is used increasingly by people to breathe in nicotine or marijuana, and is sometimes used as an alternative to the cigarettes. The FDA has, however, put regulations on the distribution of capes and their components, notes CNN.
Vaporizers are deployed in industries such as healthcare and agriculture. Thus, it is possible that Apple is aiming something beyond personal use. If the firm goes into the business of manufacturing vapes, it would mean that bigger companies are foraying into weed business, says CNN. Apple did not respond to the request for more information.
The United States is gradually putting down its guard and using marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Back in November 2016, California voted to legalize weed, and Apple’s headquarter is in California, if that is some sort of hint, notes CNN.
Other possible guesses
It is not clear, if there will be iVapporizer in the market. There are no specific mentions of vaporizer, and even of the chemicals that would be used in the vaporizer. So, it is just a speculation that Apple could venture into developing an e-cigarette or a marijuana vaporizer. This is not the first time when the iPhone maker is speculated to foray into the vaping industry.
As per the report of Digital Trends, a designer manager left Apple’s Mac OS X Team in 2012 to design a niche $330 vaporizer. The California-based firm could also venture into something as simple as air freshener, as per The Verge. The iPhone maker could also go for specific car smells for its auto ventures like Mercedes Benz, or could make something that will be sprayed to keep every Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) store smell same. Or maybe the next iPhone could come with the inhaling feature.
For now, this is just a patent, and joins the string of other patents such as foldable phones and wraparound iPhone screen, neither of which has come into product form as of now.