Apple aims to make future iPhone models completely waterproof and usable underwater, according to its latest patent.
Underwater photography and the ability to use iPhones in water have long been goals for Apple. Before the release of the iPhone 12 models, Apple had announced a water-repellent technology that would protect the phones. However, it became apparent that these models did not perform well when exposed to water.
While current iPhone models offer a certain level of protection against water and dust, neither Apple nor anyone else claims that they are completely waterproof. A new patent suggests that it may be possible to use an iPhone without a case or additional protection underwater.
Apple is planning a special interface that will enable smoother usage under water, focusing not on waterproofing, but on enhancing the usability of the phone in that environment. This would allow iPhone users to navigate through the device seamlessly underwater. To achieve this, Apple will utilize a new underwater interface and underwater lighting, but it is crucial that the devices themselves are completely waterproof first.
The scope of Apple's patent goes beyond developing new features; it also introduces innovations in how users interact with their phones underwater. If successful, these changes could potentially revolutionize the existing approaches. Anyone who has spent time underwater wearing diving goggles knows that there is less light and our movements are slightly different. With the new Apple patent, individuals using an iPhone underwater will not have screens filled with applications as usual.
Instead, there will be a few essential features presented with large buttons, such as the camera and messaging functions. Additionally, the patent aims to facilitate seamless switching between the underwater interface and the standard user interface.
"The new patent signifies Apple's commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with smartphones. The ability to use an iPhone underwater without any additional protection will undoubtedly enhance the user experience for adventurers and water enthusiasts, potentially opening up new horizons for photography and other activities."
As with any patent, it is important to note that there is no guarantee that these features will be implemented in future iPhone models. However, Apple's dedication to exploring and improving the user experience suggests exciting possibilities for the future of smartphone technology.