Smart clothing and more: is Apple planning to use textile buttons for jackets and accessories?

Some time ago, Apple described a touch-sensitive textile cover in a patent application that could be used to control a future HomePod, for example. The basic technology was not completely new, however, because Google’s smart speaker Home Mini was already covered with fabric that contained touch surfaces. Now Apple is going beyond the approach at the time: The development department of the Californian group is apparently working intensively on the integration of buttons and other controls in clothing, accessories and devices.