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Waterproof iPhones? New Apple patent spurs speculation

The days of having to replace the iPhone you dropped in the toilet or the pool may soon be at an end.

On Thursday, Apple's patent for a device that could aid in "liquid expulsion from an orifice" was accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, leading to speculation that it will be used to make waterproof iPhones.

Instead of being merely water-resistant, the new phones could conceivably expel liquid from inside themselves using electrode technology.

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Waterproof iPhone? Apple has a newly-accepted patent to expel water

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Under the new patent, the phones could have sensors that detect any liquid that gets inside to determine if it will be damaging. Electrodes would then be used to expel the water out of certain parts of the device, such as the speakers or microphone port.

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