Apple granted patent which may allow future iPhones to be waterproof!

Apple has been reportedly granted a patent for a technology which could allow the company in the future to build waterproof iPhones, by protecting the external headphone ports and charging cords with special self-healing rubber receptacles.


Apple has been reportedly granted a patent for a technology that could allow the company to build waterproof iPhones in the future. This is achieved by protecting the external headphone ports and charging cords with special self-healing rubber receptacles.

The patent was posted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on December 10 after originally being filed by Apple on June 9, 2014. The application is described as a 'self-healing elastomer applied over one or more external electronic connectors,' which would protect internal electronic connectors used to plug in external headphones or charging cords.

The special self-healing elastomer, which is essentially rubber, would then be pierced temporarily by an incoming plug on a headphone cord or charging cord to allow the connection to be made, according to the application.

Earlier in November, similar reports emerged which hinted at the upcoming iPhone 7 to be waterproof. According to TrendForce, Apple is expected to release the device in the second half of 2016. From its analysis, TrendForce says the major selling points in the iPhone 7 will be 3GB RAM with a 5.5-inch display respectively.

Samsung, which already uses the waterproof tech in its Galaxy series, is expected to witness a 4 percent fall in annual shipments to 310 million due to price undercutting by Chinese competitors. In contrast, Apple is expected to narrow the gap in market share with Samsung next year as well.

 


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