In scenarios where most current cellphones would malfunction, such as in the rain and even underwater, Apple has shown a revolutionary smartphone technology that could enable you to control future iPhones flawlessly.
In a recently awarded patent, Apple describes new technologies that might enable a portable device, such as an iPhone, to handle what it refers to as “moisture events” by mechanically adjusting its on-screen display, control buttons, and sensors to suit ambient circumstances.
You might be able to use your phone more easily while it’s raining or submerged in the water thanks to Apple’s new iPhone technology.
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A moisture event can be defined as anything from a small amount of liquid being detected on the smartphone’s surface to the device being completely submerged in a liquid, which can happen when it is being used underwater.
The technology would use stress and moisture sensors to detect and eliminate any “false touches” that could be caused by liquid hitting the display screen, after which it would adjust the on-screen management format as necessary. This could entail moving control buttons farther apart, changing their appearance and functionality, or even doing rid of them entirely.
In addition to changing the design of the buttons, the phone would switch from using its standard capacitive touch-sensitive mode, which only functions properly in dry conditions, to using pressure sensors to detect the force and location of on-screen button presses, similar to Apple’s Force Touch and 3D Touch technologies that were most recently used in the iPhone XS range. A contact must exert pressure greater than a predetermined threshold in order to be reported; this threshold may very likely be changed depending on the type of moisture occasion currently being detected.
Underwater Mode is a mechanical reconfiguration of the user interface, controls, and digicam… [+] settings by Apple for underwater use.
For instance, a smartphone camera app operating in distinct “dry,” “wet,” and “underwater” modes is shown in Apple’s patent documentation. Each of these modes presents completely different variations of the interface that are specifically tailored to each use scenario.
While in underwater mode, the usual set of camera controls are only removed and are in place with two extra-large buttons, certain camera features in moist mode are mechanically removed from the interface to prevent them from being engaged. These are much easier to use when submerged, but they only allow for quick snapshots or video capture and don’t give you access to the camera’s settings. Instead, the camera would be mechanically tuned to produce one of the greatest underwater photographs in this scenario. In order to help you stay inside the machine’s water resistance restrictions, the smartphone’s on-screen display also changes to show the camera’s current depth underwater.
Even if capturing underwater photographs isn’t a common application for iPhone users, having a smartphone that can adapt to and handle challenging weather conditions would give Apple a distinct advantage over its rivals, especially in regions where dampness events are a regular occurrence. However, some users may find it quite confusing if an interface changes without warning or moves buttons around, so great care should be given while designing such interfaces.
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