Apple: The Next iPhone will be 100% “Hydrophobic”

 

Another patent application presented by Apple proposes this may be the situation.

As spotted by Apple Insider, another recording presented by the iPad and iPhone creator discloses approaches to anticipate core parts of cell phones getting damaged by fluids. Titled “Methods for shielding electronic components from moisture,” the application details methods for applying a “hydrophobic” covering to parts inside the gadget.

By utilizing chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) technology, the technique portrayed in the patent can overlay water-sensitive parts and potentially water damage. A waterproof covering is applied to the printed circuit board (PCB) in the cell phone, and additionally its electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield.

What’s more, bind leads in circuit boards can be ensured through silicon seals put in order to frame electrical connectors.

The patent application states:

“Many electronic devices are susceptible to water damage because they are not fully sealed and include various openings for charging, connecting peripherals, and inputting and outputting audio. While bulky cases have had a certain amount of success at mitigating water entry through the aforementioned openings, a protective case is of little or no value once water has entered the device housing.

When water enters into the device housing, some high powered components and wiring are often subject to damage even when a minimal amount of water enters the electronic device. In particular, corrosion of soldered components is quite common and can lead to device failure.”

On the substance of it, a waterproof device is not a new idea – our smart watches, fitness bands and cameras regularly have this protection. On the other hand, considering the simplicity of which a new, expensive device can be demolished through accidental submersion in fluid, shielding the iPhone from such damage could turn into a fresh, appealing selling point for the tech titan – and give the company an advantage over opponents including Samsung and Xiaomi.

In Apple’s first financial quarter, the company uncovered that 74.4 million iPhones were sold amid the quarter, up from 51 million year-on-year. As per research firm Gartner, sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have pushed the company forward into the top spot in worldwide cell phone deals, taking the top spot from Samsung which sold an expected 73 million cell phones amid the same time period.

 

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