Good news! While we’ve all been patiently to hear when the iPhone 5 release date will be, we’ve gotten word that will make all water sports enthusiasts and clumsy iPhone fans happy — the iPhone 5 may be water proof… Oh wait, we read that news brief wrong. It’s actually bad news for people who may find themselves giving their iPhones a watery experience because Apple has just secured a patent for a way to detect water damage in a gadget.

iPhone 5 Release Date Water Detection

Patent 8,210, 032 was created to help Apple staff determine if a product has sustained water damage. Here are some details straight from the patent:

“Water exposure is among major reasons that may cause significant malfunction of devices […] Therefore, verification of significant water exposure (or water immersion) is important to manufacturers of the devices. For example, for purposes such as warranty claim assessment, trouble-shooting for repairs, and product development.”

The water-detecting mechanism involves H2O reactive materials that will be placed inside the Apple gadget and would give “at least one visual indicator after being immersed in water.”

The detection device will be easily accessible to Apple inspectors, according to the patent and something that is very crucial for Apple. The company’s warranty does not cover water damage and having an easy to check and difficult to dispute way of verifying water damage can be the difference between them having to pay for a replacement phone or saying no to the customer.

As we get closer to knowing when the iPhone 5 release date will be, perhaps it’s a good time to start thinking about ways to make sure your new iOS device is saved from any type of water damage to avoid any headaches. For one, maybe we should stop bringing our iPhones with us to the toilet?

  1. Instead of spending all the money on that patent filing, maybe Apple could have used that on waterproofing their devices via one of several companies that have technology to make it 100% waterproof during the manufacturing process.

    Helping customers is much better instead of trying to get out of more warranty claims.

  2. It doesn’t actually cost that much to file for a patent – it’s only a couple hundred dollars or pounds. They have also had this technology in their devices for years already and have been using it for years. They filed for this patent on January 15th 2010. This was news over two years ago. It was only approved by the patent office July 3rd 2012.

  3. My iphone 4s has been dropped into water and has has water splashed on it and is still working like nothing happened

  4. Or you could get AppleCare when you buy your Apple device and never worry about water damage.

  5. The patent only becomes public knowledge once it has been approved. So, no, it wasn’t news 2 years ago (except for the folks at Apple who submitted the patent).

  6. hopefully this isn’t too sensitive, my last iPhone they said it had water damage and i had never placed it in any water or had ever gotten it wet at all, but i guess when humidity sets in it triggered the sensor in the phone, luckily they gave me a new iPhone because the home button broke but they cancelled my warranty.

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