“Apple has won a patent related to detecting water damage in a gadget,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.

“Apple filed for the patent in January 2010. However, the company has been including its Liquid Contact Indicator in products for years, dating back to the original iPhone,” Reisinger reports. “Upon being immersed in water, the indicator turns red, giving Apple employees conclusive evidence that it was wet.”

Reisinger reports, “For Apple, having that indicator readily accessible is extremely important. The company’s iPhone warranty does not cover water damage. So, if customers come in with what they claim is a broken iPhone that was actually tossed into a lake, Apple might be forced to pay for the replacement if it didn’t know the device had gotten wet.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]