Last week the U.S. Patent Office published a patent application from Microsoft illustrating a docking station for an iPhone that is designed to be a conference call system with a large speaker behind the dock. The patent points to using a USB connector in one application and a “Lightning” connector in another which is a proprietary bus and power connector created by Apple. All images of a smartphone are restricted to the iPhone.
Microsoft goes to great lengths to say that setting up a Skype call can be complicated and that this new accessory will be able to simplify live conferencing. The accessory could provide users with an indication light that an event or incoming call or a live meeting is being initiated and all of the complications are handled in the background away from users.