Apple has recently been granted a patent for a so-called “climate control system with slit-vent fluid delivery,” which would technically get rid of the classic vents and instead use just one unit that would help cool the entire car.
The new a la Tesla system is described in a patent filed in May 2017 and approved in late August this year, with Apple explaining the built-in vents would still be adjustable to direct the flow according to your needs.
“A climate control system includes a fluid delivery module. The fluid delivery module includes a housing defining a fluid flow path between an inlet and an outlet with the outlet having an elongated, slit-like shape and is not visible within a sight line of a user. The fluid delivery module further includes a fluidic control device disposed within the housing between the inlet and the outlet and movable to vary a direction of the fluid flow path within the housing,” the abstract section of the patent reads.
Of course, a patent is by no means a confirmation that certain technology is ready to enter mass production, but on the other hand, it’s still an indication as to what directions a company is planning to embrace in a specific industry.
For Apple, the electric car project, which is codenamed Titan, seems to remain a long-term priority, with more evidence discovered lately suggesting the Cupertino company is looking into self-driving software and deep integration with its device portfolio.