Apple could be eyeing the computer gaming market as its next area of focus, as news emerges that the company has filed a trademark extension to cover gaming products.
This month, the company best known for its lifestyle computers, iPod and iPhones, filed the extension with the US Patent & Trademark Office to include an array of games and gaming consoles.
Apple has also advertised a new jon of game producer to develop consumer entertainment software.
The trademark extension application covers products such as handheld units for playing electronic games and video games, standalone video game machines, LCD game machines and electronic games.
It wouldn't be Apple's first foray into the gaming market. In the mid-1990s it launched the spectacularly unsuccessful Pippin multimedia console, which sold only a couple of thousand in the US and Japan.