Apple appears to have patented a vapouriser, and we don't know why

Posted January 29, 2017

Vaporizers are deployed in industries such as healthcare and agriculture.

Ultimately, the patent doesn't detail who this vaporizer may be intended for, nor whether it has been designed with one particular substance in mind or multiple possible substances - though the description of both solid and liquid substances seems to indicate it may be multi-purpose. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to develop hi-tech vaporizer.

The patent shows it was filed last summer, though it was just published yesterday.

At first glance it might sound like a component of a modern day recreational vaporizer, either for nicotine or another substance such as marijuana, but the patent's description of the heating element actually compressing onto the substance being vaporized is quite a bit different than anything on the market.

Apple's patent reads that "a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor". The plate may then rise slightly as the user draws vapor from the vaporizer, settling again after they stop. So, it is just a speculation that Apple could venture into developing an e-cigarette or a marijuana vaporizer.

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To use the device, users would open the top of the chamber body and add the substance into the canister.

'Heat released from the plate 5 may efficiently supplement at least part of the energy that is lost through cooling along virtually the entire surface of the substance (latent heat vaporization),' according to the patent.

Although it is not clear whether or not Apple was thinking of using its unit for marijuana is unclear, the firm did file the patent in California where it is legal to use recreational.

Whether Apple will look to push the plans beyond the exploration stages remains to be seen, but the popularity of vaping continues to grow as an alternative to tobacco.