Rumors of the upcoming iPhone 7 have been flooding the Internet for a while now, and it doesnt look like it will stop till the phone is actually announced. With rumors of the iPhone 7 being waterproof being the most popular, a recent patent application might just confirm it.
A patent application from Apple, published by the US Patent and Trademark office this week, suggests that the company is working on a way to make the speakers of the iPhone waterproof.
The patent talks about a technology with a membrane using at least one waterproof, elastic material as well as a supporting structure.
The patent reads, "The membrane may include an outer surface, an inner surface, and at least one inwardly-extending region that is indented toward the inner surface. The supporting structure may be coupled to the membrane and include a support structure that mates with the concave region of the membrane when the speaker is subjected to a hydrostatic load. In various implementations, the support structure may be shaped to correspond with a shape of the concave region. In this way, the membrane may be resistant to tearing or rupture due to hydrostatic load."
The patent also notes that the device can be waterproof only to a certain limit, and that it is actually water resistant to a particular hydrostatic load exterted by a certain depth of water.
The patent also lists a number of other devices that can support the technology, which also includes smartphones and wearables.
However, this might be a change. With the iPhone 7 coming out in September, it is also unlikely that it gets the feature as well.