Patent application from Apple reveals features of a self-healing iPhone

Patent application from Apple reveals features of a self-healing iPhone
We've already seen the LG G Flex and the LG G Flex 2 offer consumers a self-healing back cover. Today, a patent filed by Apple back in 2014 has been released by the USPTO showing that Apple has some plans for a self-healing iPhone. But the "injuries" that the self-healing iPhone could cure would be more serious than a scratched back cover.

The patent application includes a process that an iPhone could automatically put into motion in the event that the device ends up getting wet. The handset would "self-heal" by detecting when water has entered the speaker. Once the phone "realizes" that it is in a noisy area (by monitoring the environment), it would play a loud tone that would clear the water out of the speaker. All of this would be done without the phone's owner pressing a single button.

Another self-healing process involves fixing dead pixels on the screen. Since this would require a long diagnostic test, this would happen at night while the owner of the phone is sleeping. Problems with the camera and cellular connectivity could be fixed in the same manner, without having to bring the iPhone in to the Apple Store for repairs.

Anything that allows the phone to self-heal is a huge time and possibly money-saver for an iPhone owner. But be forewarned. Despite Apple filing the patent application, there is no guarantee that any of these self-healing features will ever see the light of day.


source: USPTO via RedmondPie

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22 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

...ok

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Now they will sue LG for launching G FLEX..... for making a self-healing back panel...

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This has nothing to do with a self healing back plate. I actually don't even know why they mentioned it or LG.

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Actually it seems pretty great (only if turn out like what article says) Or it might again ended up being another patent that never actually implement on the final product.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

...the what? ... did I ... just read?

19. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Not sure, but by the looks of image 4 I'm guessing Apple is patenting guys in shirts sleeping on trapezoidal beds.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

May I ask how much money Apple going to charge it's customers every time an iPhone is detected to be self-healed on their servers...? Or do they believe in free medical, like Canada?

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It'll be a monthly apple pay subscription of just $99...

4. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol... My Xperia has been "healing" its speaker since years ago... Albeit it takes time (drying) but at the end is fixed alright

5. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Manufacturers didn't have much to show in 2015. Nothing significant actually got introduced in the year, besides, the Windows mobile-Continuum. I do hope there will be much to be excited for in 2016. Fingers crossed!

7. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Can this phone detect my fart?

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, it'll self-heal by spraying some febreze...

12. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Still laughing at this comment. XD

13. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

You have to really force it out hard if you want the phone to detect it as a noisy environment. Otherwise, you'll just have to try again.

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Such patents who do not see the light of the day are meant to prevent another OEM from making it a reality in a smartphone, hence stifling the competition.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

It will detect that as "noisy environment", and will play another fart sound loudly to blend with environment.. and no one will ever notice that

18. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Can this phone record my fart in stereo?

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Innovative...

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

FIG.4 explained how the procces of iPhone Autoburn mode.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that dead pixels fixing may be good idea, but its just weird to see your phone wake by itself at the middle of night, and start showing some random flashy image, and how common dead pixels in real world? (from my first phone at 90's until now, none of them suffer dead pixels, not even one pixel dead, or maybe I just didnt notice o.O) and what they mean about fixing camera and cellular problem?

20. tbomb92

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 09, 2010

Are the phones even self aware enough to fix itself? If the camera gets shaken in a drop and moved out of place or someting, how is a phone with no moving parts going to fix itself? If it's a code issue, why is the code getting changed on it's own to begin with? I'm so confused

21. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I can see it malfunctioning during a funeral or a movie and play some annoying tone haha

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