In recent years, Apple has introduced water-resistance to its iPhones. However, it should be noted that Apple has never advertised its phones to be completely waterproof, just water-resistant up to a certain point. However, the company is looking at ways to improve on that, thanks to a recently-discovered patent.


In the patent, Apple talks about how physical buttons that depress could potentially act as another ingress point for water, and as such, they have designed what could potentially be a fix for that problem.

According to the patent’s description, “The engagement components may extend distally from the button, such that a portion of the engagement components may be positioned within apertures formed in the sidewall of the housing. The assembly may also include a plurality of supports, a tactile dome in contact with the button and at least one of the plurality of supports. A sensing component of the assembly may be positioned adjacent the housing and in alignment with the button and/or tactile dome for sensing actuation of the button within the assembly.”

That being said, there’s no telling if Apple has plans to eventually makes this patent a reality, but hopefully they do as iPhones with a greater degree of waterproofing sounds like a great idea.

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