Renders of rumoured future Apple products can sometimes feel more common than shots of the real things. 3D artists love to create weird and wonderful depictions of what might arrive in the distant future – and when those renders are based on actual Apple patents, there’s a chance they’re not entirely pie-in-the-sky.

One render that’s been getting Apple fans in a spin for a while now imagines an AirPods Pro case featuring a touchscreen with music controls – essentially turning the case into what looks like a modern iPod Nano. And with Apple very recently updating the patent the concept is based on, it might be one step closer to becoming a reality. (Don’t fancy waiting? Check out the best AirPods Pro deals available now).