Here's Apple's Summary of the Invention: "Here is a network drive that provides a variety of features including a wireless network interface, a wired network interface, a peripheral interface, and a multimedia interface. The wireless network interface (s) allow the device to communicate to work as a wireless base station or repeater and / or a bridge between a wireless and a wired network.
"The external interface allows the device to communicate with a variety of external devices and in connection with the network interface (s) allows sharing of a peripheral among several networked computers. The multimedia interface allows the device to be used with entertainment devices for streaming multimedia information from a networked computer to the entertainment device. Control of various aspects of the device is preferably controlled from a network-connected computer. "
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Of course, Apple files for – and are given – many patents by the US Patent & Trademark Office Many are for inventions that never see the light of day, however, you can never tell who will realize in a real product.