If you’re an Apple user and have ever tried to use your iPhone while it’s raining, you may have noticed how certain parts of your smartphone’s screen end up reacting to the “ghost touches” caused by raindrops. Well, the company led by Tim Cook wants exposure to water not to affect the operation of its next “displays”, and for that it patented a system that ensures the proper functioning of a cell phone, even when it is exposed to high levels of humidity.
According to the registry of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple sent its request on March 22 of this year and on June 28 it was granted. According to the same company, the new technology includes “a processor and a screen protected by a cover, whose system is capable of detecting a touch.” This means that said technology would be capable of differentiating a pulsation made by a finger, from those caused by raindrops, for example; a detection that will be possible thanks to the increase in size of the “buttons” on said cover.
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To guarantee the above, Apple ensures that the screen will not only be able to automatically adjust to humidity, but will also be able to recognize different levels of pressure: a feature that has made media such as Business Insider begin to speculate on whether the next iPhone may be functional underwater. This suspicion grows, because a sketch is included in the patent where three camera modes can be read: “dry”, “wet”, and “underwater”.
Until now, Apple has not made any kind of statement about this new registration: a common behavior, given that the company usually has hundreds of patents that it never ends up incorporating into its smartphones. For this reason, it is not possible to know if said system will be included in the iPhone 14 or even in future models.
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