Apple patents using USB ports for venting

Word on the net is that Apple is working on some cooling related patents, specifically related to venting via the USB and firewire ports. In a way it makes sense, but there’s definitely a potential for disaster. What if all your USB ports are filled up with novelty devices?

Apple Insider actually found four different patents currently processing from Apple; one regarding cooling via the USB and Firewire ports, two regarding a laptop’s ability to sense airflow and make adjustments automatically, and then finally (and most interestingly) a plan to use heat conductive hinge assemblies. While to some this may not seem interesting, the concept of using the lid as a giant heat-pipe definitely shows potential.

[via Gizmodo]