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Future iPhones could be much less annoying to use in the rain

Most high-end smartphones these days have a decent amount of water resistance – enough that you can confidently use them in the rain. Except, if you’ve ever tried interacting with a smartphone’s screen in a heavy downpour you know what a lost cause that can be, with the moisture leading to false touches. Apple could have a solution to this though.

In a patent (opens in new tab) spotted by Forbes (opens in new tab) and catchily titled ‘Modifying functionality of an electronic device during a moisture exposure event,’ the company details ways that an iPhone could use pressure and moisture sensors to detect ‘moisture events’ – which could range from a small amount of water on the screen, to the phone being fully submerged in water.

Once a moisture event has been detected – and the iPhone has figured out just how much moisture it’s dealing with – the handset would then aim to adapt to this to prevent false touches from being registered.

A patent image showing a simplified iPhone interface for use underwater

(Image credit: USPTO / Apple)

To aid in that, the on-screen button layout might be changed, by making them larger for example, so they’re easier to hit, or moving them further apart. Some controls might even be removed altogether, leading to a simplified interface with just a few big buttons to hit.

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