Apple has filed a patent that will allow headphones to be able to switch from headsets to external speakers. This technology would allow Apple to give better functionality to its headphones for users. The technology could also damage the industry of creating iHome and other docking stations for Apple products which act as external speakers. This would allow a user to seamlessly switch from listening to their iPod by their headphones to placing the iPod on a table and listening to it externally without having to plug the iPod into any device to play their music instead. It is also better for the user as they can listen to their iPod externally anywhere now instead of having to move an external speaker around to different locations.