Samsung may have ditched its waterproof design for the Galaxy S6, but Apple could be headed in the opposite direction. A new patent from the Cupertino company shows it’s looking into waterproofing methods for future iPhones and other devices.
The patent, which was submitted almost a year ago and published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on Thursday, describes potential “methods for shielding electronic components from moisture.” Interestingly, Apple’s waterproofing plans focus on protecting specific components like the circuit board from moisture, rather than blocking water from entering the device at all.
The company runs through several possible ideas, which could work on their own or simultaneously to protect your iPhone from water damage. Apple suggests protecting its assembled circuit boards with a hydrophobic coating applied using chemical vapors. It could also use electromagnetic interference shields to cover specific components, or seal them off with silicone instead.
There’s no guarantee we’ll see any of these ideas put into practice anytime soon. Apple hasn’t had much trouble selling its iPhones the way they are, so there’s likely no rush to release a waterproof version in the immediate future. Still, we’d love to see some of this technology applied to the company’s next iPhone, along with any other upcoming devices.