Apple has been working on waterproofing its future iOS devices for the past couple of years. Latest evidence regarding the company’s efforts in this regard came from an Apple patent filing made public by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2012. Today, a British firm P2i’s Stephen Coulson has told CNN that they have developed a “liquid repellent nano-coating” technology branded Aridion, and the company is providing the technology to all of the top ten smart phone makers, that most likely also includes Apple (via Patently Apple).
Aridion, the liquid repellent nano-coating, can be sprayed onto a solid surface and can repel nearly all forms of liquid. P2i claims to have worked closely with Motorola, who have now implemented the technology in 10 million of their latest phones. “We’ve just recently signed TCL Alcatel and we have a number of announcements moving forward,” said Coulson.
Apple’s patent application stated that “Potential for fluid penetration may originate from wet or moist conditions including snow, rain, fog, humidity or liquid contact resulting from spills, splashing, spraying or other wetting events. Fluid penetration can damage or adversely affect the components at the connection interface and other components within electronic media device and/or or the connector.” The new port cover invention was designed to potentially protect future iDevice and MacBook ports from such water events.
Check out the CNN video below detailing the new technology: