Apple was granted a series of patents this week that included designs for a new speaker system for mobile devices and a wireless iPod remote control that attaches to a car's steering wheel.
The patent for the speaker system shows a loudspeaker about the size of a quarter that would be located on the backside of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The patent was issued Thursday.
The design provides improved performance over iOS' devices current loudspeaker despite its relatively small size. No word on whether the new system could make it on the next iPhone.
Earlier this week, Apple was granted 21 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Among them was a standout wireless steering wheel remote control, according to Patently Apple.