Apple’s pursuit of more robust mobile devices has led it to invent a novel shutter system for devices like the iPhone, which protects its ports from liquid damage. The shutters automatically block the holes for the iPhone’s speaker, microphone, and Lightning port to stop liquid entering the device.
Apple has invented an automated iPhone bumper system that doubles as a flotation device, with retractable shock absorbers made from buoyant materials. The invention is detailed in a patent that was first published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week.
Touch ID is a huge feature for Apple these days, seeing as its a main point of security for iPhones and iPads, but it could be coming to Macs, too.
Apple has devised a new method of bringing inductive charging to the iPhone without installing additional hardware. The technology makes use of existing electrical coils already baked into components like speakers, microphones, and haptic engines.
Remember that Apple “iRing” rumor that we all thought was crazy? Well, a new patent application confirms Apple really has been working on a new wearable for fingers, which is filled with motion sensors, tiny cameras, a haptic feedback system, and more.