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Apple Patent Describes Vacuum Seals for Waterproofed Lightning Connectors

Apple has-been awarded three patents that detail ways to avoid water damage to add-ons and attached products which use Lightning connectors. As with various other patents, it isn’t considering that the business will present these features in consumer dealing with devices – instead, they simply show an investigation course the company thought we would pursue and patent. The first among these three patents detail a strategy to seal accessories themselves; the 2nd details a method to seal the connector, although the third, possibly the the very least possible, involves generating a vacuum sealed connector filled with a vacuum generator and pistons.

The three Apple patents, that have been awarded on Thursday by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and sent applications for back March 2017 (very first applied for in September 2016), had been first spotted by Patently Apple.

Let’s start with the very first – Sealed add-ons for Electronic Devices. Apple details just how add-ons for electronics like the iPhone are sealed and include a connector having a wedge-shaped deformable seal positioned on it so that as soon as the connector is mated to the digital camera a liquid-tight seal is formed involving the accessory and the electronic device. The business notes that these types of accessories have actually features which can be useful in “moist, damp and/or dirty environments.”

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Illustration of a sealed accessory
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The second patent – Sealed Electronic Connectors for gadgets – deals with wedge-shaped deformable seal for connectors, the goal of which has been described above. The business further adds that a “seal are often positioned within a receptacle connector cavity of this electronic device so that it types a liquid-tight seal to a plug connector once the connect connector is mated on computer.”

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The wedge-shaped seal seen on the Lightning connector
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As you care able to see using above information, the introduction of such a wedge-shaped connector would require taking a redesigned Lightning connector with a deformable seal to market, and, sometimes, redecorating the port (receptacle) to add a seal on the digital camera it self. That is a huge ask, taking into consideration the limited usage instances of technology, whenever electronic devices such as the iPhone are actually very waterproof (IP67 rated), and also already been so for a couple of generations.

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The sealed Lightning connector receptacle (port)
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Eventually, the 3rd, and maybe most bold patent, defines a Vacuum Sealed Connector for electronics. Apple details the fundamental idea, “vacuum pressure generator [or pump] is included within an accessory or an electronic product and makes vacuum pressure seal within mated connections associated with accessory and electronic device to protect against ingression of dampness and/or dirt. Vacuum pressure launch device is employed to split the machine seal and allow the accessory to be demated through the digital camera. A sensor can be used to monitor the vacuum level.”

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The primary attraction: vacuum pressure generator and seal
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Here, two types of designs have already been detailed – one where a piston-type machine pump is employed, in addition to various other, in which a diaphragm type machine pump is used. The electric motor that powers the machine generator or cleaner pump could also be used as a vibration device, the creators helpfully add. Apple more implies that the deactivation of this cleaner seal to disconnect the attached products is completed via an application user interface.

Posted at Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:19:48 +0000