iPhone 5 might know you’re lying

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 9, 2012

It’s no secret that some people make false claims when getting a phone replaced, although we wonder how many of your friends and family would admit to this? Apple want the iPhone 5, or a future phone, to be able to detect water damage a lot easier, so making false claims would be near impossible. This would be made possible under the “water detection arrangement” patent, which has made its way online with a few updates this month.

The responsible and well-prepared iPhone users have a waterproof case, divers use something much more special, but if something goes wrong and your new iPhone 5 does get submerged in water it would still be damaged, but patent application number 11636152 would allow for Apple to know if you’re lying.

This would be achieved by at least one visual indication that your new iPhone had landed in water, which could be thanks to a “moisture-proof membrane” and “moisture-indicating portion“. There would be a small hole on the iPhone 5, if this patent happens to be part of that design, which would allow you to see at least part of the detector. In simple terms if you drop your future iPhone in water and see the detector has picked this up, don’t bother trying to make a claim.

You can see an abstract from the patent application below and also a drawing illustrating how it would work, which had been filed way back in 2006, and leads some people to believe we could see this small hole feature on the iPhone 5.

Are you happy that Apple would take such measures to detect fraudulent water damage claims? We also wonder how much these sorts of claims cost Apple each year, so it certainly makes sense for the profit margin.

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  • TrueGemini

    Better yet why don’t they just make the phone more water resistant along with this technology

  • Me

    Better yet why don’t they just make the phone more water resistant along with this technology

  • Alan, UK

    As long as they don’t put it in the headphone socket, like previous models. Absolutely ridiculous, as with this socket on top of the phone there is a strong risk of rainwater activating the sensor.

  • Bobo

    it depends how senserive it is. what if you just got caught in the rain , would one small droplet of water in the hole make it say its been submerged in water and giving a false reading? sounds dodgy to me.