Apple granted a waterproofing patent for liquid contact sensors

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In this particular report we cover one of Apple’s inventions relating to advancing waterproofing on iOS devices with liquid intrusion sensing capabilities,” Purcher reports. “Rumors keep pointing to Apple advancing their waterproofing iPhone features and today’s granted patent confirms one of the methods involved in Apple’s multi-faceted approach to this solution.”

“Corrective actions may be taken in real time in response to liquid detection. For example, sensitive electronic components within the electronic device can be powered down in response to liquid detection to prevent component damage,” Purcher reports. “Liquid detection information may also be used for debugging. For example, information from liquid contact sensors can be used in determining whether an electronic device is reparable or should be replaced and can be used in improving future device designs for enhanced immunity to liquid exposure damage.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustration, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Lose the headphone jack and make it IP68 water resistant and “iPhone 7” would sell oodles, even with just slight case design changes.

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  1. If every Apple patent came to fruition, well, wouldn’t that be great. Here’s some home work for all those little boys and girls out there. Name the percentage of Apple patents that became wholly, or in part, actual products? C’mon, now. Every Apple fanboy knows the answer to that question.

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