Apple’s patent hints at waterproof future iPhones due to use of “self-healing” material
A new patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has revealed that tech giant Apple is probably working to waterproof its future iPhone models by using “self-healing” material in the handsets.
According to the details shared in the Apple patent, which is subtly titled ‘Electronic device with hidden connector,’ the company’s future iPhones will probably boast the use of “self-healing” material, to ensure that the handsets can withstand potential damage caused by water.
In Apple’s patent application for ‘Electronic device with hidden connector,’ the word ‘hidden’ is apparently used to hint at the use of an elastomer in the future iPhones, to give the handsets the capability to effectively block exposed connectors when not in use.
The polymer used by Apple is, overall, quite soft, so that it can be easily pierced by a connector. The penetration of the elastomer by a connecter will result in the creation of a water-tight seal; and, upon removal, the material will self-heal to create a complete block.
The end result would be that Apple’s future iPhones will potentially be fully waterproof, and will not get damaged when submerged in water. It is also speculated that the use of the elastomer may be expanded by Apple to the inside of the future iPhones, to offer protection to sensitive components.
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