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- Jul 27, 2011
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If this latest patent application from Apple is any indication, then it's entirely possible the next generation of iPhone and/or iPad could be waterproof. The Cupertino clan recently filed for a patent which suggests multiple different methods of waterproofing for their devices. Here's a quote with a few more of the details,
The patent app describes more than one method for making sure your phone doesn’t feel the pains of water-logging. First, Apple wants to coat internal parts with a hydrophobic coating, which would only be about 5 microns thick (Apple guesses anywhere from 1 to 10 microns). The coating wouldn’t add bulk to the phone, either.
Apple also wants to use silicone seals at connection points on the board, and with flex cables that might connect a board and/or components.
Here at HQ, we have to admit, why don't all smartphone OEMs including Apple make this a standard feature on their devices? With the expensive associated with smartphones, you would think protecting it from the elements would sit high on the priority list. Share your thoughts.