“Apple’s anticipated ‘iPhone 7’ could find itself with waterproof features — starting with its speakers ports,” Luke Villapaz reports for International Business Times.
“A patent application titled ‘Liquid Resistant Acoustic Device,’ published by the U.S. patent and trademark office Thursday, details a new invention which would protect a device’s built-in speakers from water and liquid damage,” Villapaz reports. “Instead of relying on rubber covers and gaskets to cover the speaker ports when not in use, Apple proposes using a combination of water-resistant mesh material and hydrophobic coatings to prevent liquid from leaking in. Additionally, it also suggests using what it calls an ‘umbrella housing section’ to reduce the the pressure from liquid on the outside of the device.”
Villapaz reports, “Apple proposes using this invention in a number of its products such as its iPhone, iPad, iPods and Macs.”
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