Next-gen Apple AirPods case could charge other devices, just how big is it going to be?

Apple’s AirPods are in a constant state of unavailability, with the ‘Ships: 6 weeks’ a permanent fixture on their product page. Apple’s got plans for a follow-up though, and if a patent filing is any indication, the future AirPods will be a tad larger. Or their case, at least.

The patent docs contain the provision for the case to serve as an inductive charger, potentially outputting power to iPods, iPhones, and even iPads and MacBooks. It’s a pretty bold claim, even if patent filings do tend to be as broad and far-fetched as possible, just in case.

Indeed the most likely device…