The details are hazy on what exactly this vaporizer will do, but Apple has a clearly defined that clearly states its for vapor:
A chamber body is to receive therein a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor. A plate whose bottom face rests on the substance inside the chamber body is temperature regulated, e.g., using a heater therein, which releases heat directly above the substance that lies below. The plate slides downward as the substance is consumed by vaporization or sublimation. Other embodiments are also described and claimed. [USPTO]
For the likes of PAX and GPen, this patent might be some scary news. Yes, both companies and many other vaporizer companies have a firm grip on the market and multi-million dollar businesses that can sustain.
But when the big boys like Apple get involved in the weed tech game, that news puts everyone in this industry on their toes–especially the technology world. If Apple invests a billion dollars into a vaporizer company, can anyone realistically compete with their funding and reach?
You hear a lot about big tobacco and big pharmaceutical companies getting ready to wet their beaks in weed. That’s still a realistic, frightening thought.
But the entrance point and barrier for tech companies is far less substantial than for launching a brand that actually touches the plant. Don’t look now, but in 10 years, would it shock you if Apple is the leader in vaporizers while Amazon overnights weed to your doorstep?