New Apple Patents Points To iPhones Having Anti-Cracked Screen Tech, Improved Apple Watch Battery Life
Feb 17, 2017 12:34 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: The new iPhone 7 is displayed on a table at an Apple store in Manhattan on September 16, 2016 in New York City. People around the globe waited in long lines to be among the first to purchase both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The phones offer longer battery life, faster browsing, a better camera and do not have a traditional headphone jack. (Photo : Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Cracked screens is the one weakness of all smartphones in an otherwise versatile device. Apple, always the innovator, might have the solution to everyone's problem with the iPhone.
Smartphones such as the iPhone are a huge leap from the old Nokia phones in the early 2000's. It added a ton of features which essentially makes it computer that fits inside your pocket. But with these features require a larger screen which is susceptible to damage and cracks.
In a report from Apple Insider, the tech company's recent patent indicates a new technology that might prevent such accidents for the iPhone. The patent is called "Coverglass fracture detection" and uses a network of sensors. The sensors will have a software to detect the formation of cracks as well as the location of potential cracks.
If the sensors detect a crack on the screen, the iPhone will notify the user and point the location of the damaged screen. It can also indicate which part of the phone other than the screen was damaged by the cracked screen.
Apple notes that the iPhone's screen are most susceptible to damages when subjected to strong external force. But despite extensive research to develop tougher screen materials, no one was able to determine the series of events that will lead to a cracked screen.
But in reality, the new patent will not prevent and iPhone's screen from cracking. It will instead send the data from the various incidents which caused the cracked screen to display manufacturers. The manufacturer will then use the data to create a better screen.
In addition, 9to5mac reports that Apple's other patent indicates a new way to add battery life to the Apple Watch. Traditional watches don't really have problems with battery life because a simple wind of the crown is enough to power the watch. This new patent could solve the Apple Watch's battery woes.
The Apple Watch patent describes adding a rotary device to the crown in order to boost the battery. While it was not designed as an alternative charging method, it does provide a small boost on the go. It could at least prevent the device from running out of battery while not charging.