Apple's patent application for self-healing elastomer could lead to waterproof iPhones
posted by Alan F. / Dec 12, 2015, 9:40 PM
As an example, consider an earphone jack covered by an elastomer seal. When a plug is pushed into the jack, the seal would open up to allow the plug to be inserted into the port. Once the plug is removed, the rubber reverts back to its original shape and protects the port by covering it. The rubber covering can be made to protect against water, dust, debris and gas.
The patent is called "Electronic device with hidden connector." Apple does own a patent for a waterproof logicboard which has been employed in the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. This could explain why the two phones stand up well to water, even though they are not considered water resistant.
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
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Self healing elastomer? Didn't LG or someone already use that on their phone? Not for sealing up open jacks but to repair scratched surfaces on the phone?
posted on Dec 12, 2015, 9:59 PM 3
we use it in air conditioning systems for geothermal units its like your ass hole puckers up normally but allow one way passage out or apples case in. but its a good idea to put in phone jacks but but still need a nanohydrophobic coating on board and battery like liqupel
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 1:04 AM 1
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I Just Wish Apple Would Make An iPhone That I Actually Want For Once, Waterproofing Is A Step Toward That. Post #3 NOOOOOOOO JUST NO.
posted on Dec 12, 2015, 10:17 PM 5
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Depending on how quickly that "elastomer" regains shape, it sounds like a recipe for a disaster
posted on Dec 12, 2015, 10:21 PM 1
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If it turns out perfectly as the article says then its very cool... But like u said there is some possibility that this would turns out to be a disaster. Slow regaining shape or depraciation on "elastomer's" elasticity etc can make it a disaster. I hope they test it very well before releasing. But I do hope this wont stay just like the countless other patented stuff that never seen the light of the day...
posted on Dec 12, 2015, 11:44 PM 0
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Yeah, why don't they just seal the inside of the mini jacks like other phones have done, their mini jack's don't really care if they go underwater. This really sounds like something that could easily get worn out and such quite easily, and then people expect it to be waterproof but suddenly isn't, a sealed mini jack does not have this problem.
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 7:27 PM 0
"When a plug is pushed into the jack, the seal would open up to allow the plug to be inserted into the port. Once the plug is removed, the rubber reverts back to its original shape You mean like a V****a?
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 12:06 AM 5
no an ass hole hate to say it but i bet tim cook came up with this ide and said yes yes yes do it people will love it push it in and take it out
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 1:08 AM 5
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why dont they just follow sony?
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 1:19 AM 3
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Sigh. Another Apple "patent". Taking something someone else invents, and trying to lock down it's use.
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 3:47 AM 0
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so they can apply patent for using other people's patent for mobile phones so other company cant use elstomer? (btw, olastomer is already used in various field) did samsung patented magnesium body? did sonny/oppo patented glassback cover? seems like USPTO is the real patent troll around there :-/ and its not like theyll ever implement it
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 5:20 AM 0
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Correct me if I am wrong! If Apple release the Patten first. It would never happen/apple never make it as real product. But, when Apple release the product first, for example 3D touch. Suddenly 'BAMM', Apple said the Pattent is from A year before (2014). The Apple fans said, Apple have the Pattent from 2006 or so. But as far as I know, the old one is controllin trough Bazel/Samrt Bazzel. Thank you.
posted on Dec 13, 2015, 6:38 AM 0
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