Who doesn’t know some friend our suffer in the past from iPhone water drop syndrome (Tip if it falls in to the water, use rice to eliminate the humidity after it dries of course).
With the launch of iPhone 6 in mid 2014, this problem will be solved. Apple will adopt to every mobile electronic gadget, waterproof resistance. It will start with iwatch, of course, and then it will be extended to the iPhone and iPad.
The technology used, is once again liquidmetal (you will here many times about this company). This metal which will be used outside, has a shell case ,of Apple mobile devices, will be used inside, has a sealant.
You can view the patent here:
or a little resume below:
“An interfacial layer and seal can be a part of an electronic device, such as, for example, a part of the housing of the device or an electrical interconnector. For example, in one embodiment, the interfacial layer or seal can be used to connect and bond two parts of the housing of an electronic device and create a seal that is impermeable to fluid, effectively rendering the device water proof and air tight such that fluid cannot enter the interior of the device.”
And what type of electronic devices this may be applied?
An electronic device herein can refer to any electronic device known in the art. For example, it can be a telephone, such as a cell phone, and a land-line phone, or any communication devices, such as a smart phone, including, for example an iPhone™, and an electronic email sending/receiving device. It can be a part of a display, such as a digital display, a TV monitor, an electronic-book reader, a portable web-browser (e.g., iPad™), and a computer monitor. It can also be an entertainment device, including portable DVD player, conventional DVD player, Blue-Ray disk player, video game console, music player, such as a portable music player (e.g., iPod™), etc. It can also be a part of a device that provides control, such as controlling the streaming of images, videos, sounds (e.g., Apple TV™), or it can be a remote control for an electronic device. It can be a part of a computer or its accessories, such as the hard driver tower housing or casing, laptop housing, laptop keyboard, laptop track pad, desktop keyboard, mouse, and speaker. The seal can also be applied to device such as a watch or a clock.
But that’s not all. For the buttons, they will be using a silicone rubber seal that has been described in the patent number 20120055767, with pictures below (courtesy of Patentlyapple.com).
In resume, in the summer of 2014, you can be making a phone call in the swimming pool, our at the beach, with no risk of damaging your device.