Curated By: Shaurya Sharma
Last Updated: February 07, 2024, 15:29 IST
Cupertino, California, USA
Apple could be working an ‘underwater mode’ for future iPhone models.
Apple could be working on an “underwater mode” for future iPhone model as revealed in a recently filed patent application.
We have seen smartphone OEMs offering water-resistant smartphones for a while now. However, it’s important to note that they are not waterproof, and you can’t engage in adventure activities like underwater diving. Whether it’s Apple, Samsung, or any other leading smartphone maker, none would provide warranty coverage for any sort of liquid damage.
But what if a brand like Apple works on the ability to do this? Yes, this is exactly what Apple could be working on based on a patent filed by the iPhone maker. Touted as the “underwater mode,” the feature is expected to solve the problems that arise when using phones in wet conditions.
Phone Are Useless When Wet, But Larger Physical Buttons Could Be The Solution
You may have experienced how your phone, or iPhone in particular, behaves when it gets wet or if you have wet fingers. Apple aims to address this by adding more physical buttons and relying less on on-screen menus, as indicated in the filed patent.
Based on the filed patent, Apple aims to let you use the underwater mode even while being submerged up to 40 meters deep.
The entire patent spans 78 pages and focuses on highlighting how iOS is not ideal to be used when a device is wet. In fact, it states that current methods are “outdated, time-consuming, and inefficient” and simply don’t work.
Apple Watch Ultra Reminds Us How This Could Work
Notably, Apple already promises similar functionality with its flagship smartwatch—the Apple Watch Ultra, and lets its users take it underwater diving up to 40 meters.
This is indeed a promising narrative. If it does make its way to mainstream devices, it would allow for a whole new feature set, better aligning with the company’s own adventure-grade Apple Watch Ultra. Imagine being able to film underwater without any restrictions—that’s the kind of possibility we are talking about.