With a name like “microphone”, you’d expect something small — but perhaps not quite as small as this. Scientist have figured out how to use just one molecule to detect the vibrations from sound.
Simply put, Apple wants fewer holes in its devices. Headphone jack – that’s a hole. Microphone – that’s a hole. According to a recent patent filing, Apple is looking to consolidate by combining the functionality of the two into one unified jack.
Here’s a nice one for Mac-using amateur musicians: Apogee’s ONE is a multifunctional handheld device that features a built-in mic, preamp, and dedicated input/output. It works over USB and is designed for Garage Band, Final Cut, and the like.