Your next iPhone may be able to spit out water using sound.
Apple’s latest patent, published on Thursday details a mechanism to essentially blast out excess water from your iPhone’s earpiece or speaker.
Why would you want this? To keep your precious iPhone dry and prevent liquid from damaging any internal components, of course.
The patent describes two parts of a meshing screen cover, a “hydrophobic portion to resist the entry of liquid” and a “hydrophilic portion to aid in the removal of liquid” in the iPhone’s audio chambers.
To monitor the liquid removal process a tone or acoustic signal may be generated by the speaker,” which will help detect and remove the liquid. This is like an existing feature on the Apple Watch Series 2 called “Eject Water Mode,” which also blasts out water through its tiny speaker using sound. You can see how it works with Apple Watch 2 in the video below:
Obviously, the Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are already , but there’s currently no mechanism for removing water from the speakers, microphone or the lightning port. You just have to let them dry out on their own. A feature like the one described in the patent could speed up that process.
Since the technology is only a patent, there’s no guarantee if it’ll ever make it into an iPhone. But we’ve got our fingers crossed.