Apple has secured a patent that suggests the iPhone would be useful in the rain. Although all of the recent iPhone models are water-resistant, using the iPhone in the rain is not that straightforward. Apple appears to be considering further improvements, such as a wet mode.
Apple intends to modify the iPhone to work during a moisture exposure event, such as rain, according to the USPTO. It would analyze water and adjust the software accordingly.
In the event of a little rain, the software might modify the on-screen buttons to reduce the likelihood of accidental touch inputs. Apple might also enable the iPhone to adjust the pressure sensitivity of its display and register only touch inputs when a certain amount of force is applied. This would help avoid false inputs that might be detected as a result of rain drops.
The electronic device can include a moisture detector capable of detecting an amount of moisture present at the protective cover, where when the amount of moisture is greater than a threshold amount, the processor determines a position of the touch event based on detection signals provided by the capacitance detector and the applied force detector, according to the patent filing.
The paper further proposes that there may be different methods to configure touch responses, such as wet, dry, and underwater.
The iPhone may modify the force input detection to accept touch inputs depending on whether the user's finger is wet or wet. The underwater mode, however, can enable the iPhone to modify the interface and make it easier to use underwater, according to the patent description.
When the iPhone is submerged underwater, the underwater mode may essentially be used for taking photos and recording videos. As suggested by the patent filing, it may also alter certain parameters such as white balance settings, ISO sensitivity, and clarity of the camera unit, as well as its display brightness.
The USPTO website includes a few images that demonstrate how the modifications would be implemented.
iPhone may have a wet mode to work with water droplets on the screenPhoto Credit: USPTO
Apple has so far not officially marketed its iPhone models for underwater photography. Liquid damage has also not yet been covered by the warranty, but there may be significant changes on all these fronts if we believe the information.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 smartphones in the lineup have an IP68-rated build that is intended to be water-resistant to some extent. On previous iPhone devices including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, Apple offered an IP67-certified body.
In March 2021, Apple filed a patent for a device that would be capable of working in the rain. The authority, though, granted the application in June this year.
Gadgets 360 has reached out to Apple for a comment on the patent and will update this article when the company responds.
Companies file patents for a list of technologies that they intend to utilize in their future devices. However, there are instances in which the patented technologies are only intended for prototyping. It is therefore safe to dismiss speculation on the basis of the patent filing with a healthy dose of scepticism.