Patent says Apple may be bringing waterproofing to its iPhones soon
posted by Paul.K / Mar 06, 2015, 9:36 AM
Apple seems to be working on waterproofing its devices, as it has recently been granted a patent by the USPTO, which deals with moisture ingress and water-related damage. The tech involves coating internal components with hydrophobic coating, which can be as thin as one micron, which is achieved by placing the part in a chamber filled with fluoropolymer gas, and applying voltage to it so that the gas turns into plasma and sticks to the component.
The method has met a couple of challenges along the way, such as the EMI shielding of critical components not allowing the coating to cover them up completely. Apple engineers solved this by creating small openings in the shielding, applying the plasma adhering process, then slapping EMI shield patches on the previously opened holes.
It's unknown at the moment when Apple intends to employ this tech on commercial devices, and which ones, too. iPhones will be first in line, sure, but hey – why not iPads and Macbooks, too? It'd be interesting if the iPhone 6s gets to be water-proof, seeing as Samsung sacrificed its water-repelling chassis for the premium, metal-and-glass-laden looks of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and rumors say that the Xperia Z4 may drop the IP67 rating, too.
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So, pretty much what Liquipel has been doing for years. That's Apple for you.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 9:42 AM 4
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But you won't have to pay for getting one - big possitive.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 10:07 AM 1
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Apple invented an tech, they patented it. Only because it's going to provide waterproofing like other products doesn't means they didn't invented it. According to your logic a sac maker should sue Apple for patenting "waterproofing" which they made for decades. No they didn't patented "waterproofing". And btw, it will be deffinitelly cheaper included in price than pay another money for liquipel.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 12:24 PM 6
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The problem is, Apple is basically saying that they are patenting a phone that's been treated with hydrophobic coating. And they are patenting basically applying the coating before placing the shielding. That's just....yeah. It would be like patenting something that is exactly the same as something else, but the order of how it is put together is different. Which is basically what it is, at least from what I can read, and that is just.....yeah...
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 12:58 PM 5
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Patent again? Then go to the stage and go all out hey we patented water proofing of smartphone. This the problem with uspto you really don't know what's their standard in granting a patent. But one thing is obvious if it's apple just grant the patent.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 10:26 PM 0
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Similar to Liquipel, except that Apple's process seems a slightly different (part of the MFG process rather than after-the-fact application on an assembled product), and may be slightly more effective.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 11:24 AM 0
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I thought iPhones were waterproof since iOS 7. Ok, just kidding.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 9:48 AM 5
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The iphone 6 costs the same as the 5S on the apple website so I don't think future handsets will be any more expensive
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 9:51 AM 2
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Wait until they make an iPhone with curved screen, you'll be shocked at the price.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 9:57 AM 5
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Galaxy S7 waterproof confirmed.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 9:54 AM 13
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Samsung already has active versions which are waterproof.
posted on Mar 06, 2015, 10:46 AM 3
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