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Waterproof iPhone moves step closer with new patent

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Waterproof iPhone moves step closer with new patent

A patent filed by Apple suggests a fully waterproof iPhone could be closer than first thought.

The filing is for what Apple snappily dubs a ‘self–healing elastomer’. In layman's terms, that's a rubbery material that Apple plans to secrete inside an iPhone’s ports, such as the Lightning connector at the bottom of the device.

When a cable isn’t inserted it effectively provides a seal, preventing liquid from getting into the device’s key internal components and rendering it unusable.

However, once a user plugs in their cable, the seal 'breaks' to allow for normal charging. Naturally, the seal re-forms once the cable is taken out.

This freshly discovered patent fits in with Apple’s recent, rather clandestine experiments to make iPhones waterproof.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s feature a rubberised material inside that prevents key components from being waterlogged.

However, any mention of this feature was absent from adverts, presumably because it does not provide complete protection from spilt liquid.

Recent rumours suggest Apple is looking to make next year’s iPhone 7 fully waterproof and will apply for the requisite certification to make it official.

Throw in the claim that the new device will feature just one port for both charging and headphone use, and this patent could well see the light of day very soon indeed.

Source:

9to5mac

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