Water and electronic devices don’t go hand in hand with each other…unless you’ve treated your phones with waterproof coating by Liquipel, for example. But for normal folks(?), our electronics, especially the iPhones and the like are prone to water damages.
Apple is known for its hassle-free returns and warranty services however at the same time, they don’t like being ripped off. To fight fraudulent claims for water-damaged iPhones, Apple seems to be looking at a number of ways to make certain that the iPhone has or has not been damaged with water.
Water damaged iPhones are obviously not covered with warranty and if suspected of such, Apple Genius have been peering deep into the headphone jacks to spot any small signs of water within the phone. According to AppleInsider, a patent has been filed by Apple that involves water detection via water-soluble conductive glue that would electronically insulate a gap between two conducting pieces. Any contact with water would dissolve the glue, in which case the change of impedance could be readily detectable by the Geniuses.
This design, although seemingly useful for Apple at a glance, may not be welcome in countries with hot, humid climates. While high humidity may cause adverse effects on any electronic devices, a ‘typical humid’ day probably wouldn’t cause any damages to your iPhone however dissolve the water-soluble conductive glue.
To circumvent the water-damage situation completely, there has been rumors of Apple (and Samsung) looking into completely waterproofing their smartphones (a la companies like Liquipel). This, however, has only surfaced as speculations for future designs and no official details has been released.
Until we get start getting factory-waterproofed smartphones, it would be best to keep our valued digital companions away from liquid…or we could always get Liquipel on our phones if you’re prone to accidentally pouring water over them.
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