Apple out to trump gadget warranty fraudsters
Water damaged goods no longer covered
If you’ve dropped your iPhone down the privy and tried to get a new one by saying “it simply stopped working”, your cover’s blown. Apple is working to prove when a gadget’s been damaged by water.
Apple's patent app could see an end to false warranty claims
According to an Apple patent application entitled “Water Detection Arrangement”, boffins at the company have explored ways of placing pads inside the phone which would change colour when exposed to water.
Apple states that water exposure is one of most common causes of device malfunction. But water damage isn't something most manufacturers cover in the warrenty - unless it’s a waterproof telly.
The application considers several ways that such pads could be hidden away inside the phone: behind the battery, for instance. So, when a careless customer tries to bag a replacement handset because their current one “just suddenly went dead”, an Apple techie only has to open up the phone and check the colour of the pad to rumble the customer’s claim.
The manufacturer does admit that the design has several drawbacks, including difficulties in securely storing pads inside each gadget without enabling crafty customers to tamper with them.
But if Apple does find a suitable way, then it could mean we’ll have to start being a little more careful about where we put our handset during trips to the lav.
Nokia already has something like this
I don't think this is new, even the Nokia 3300 turned permanently green once it had been wetted.
All that.. and Apple tries to patent it when others already have something similiar. As always, Apple can't come up with any original ideas to patent.
As Suf said this is already in the current iPhone. Has been since launch. Apple techs have a little viewer that they poke down the headphone jack socket to see it.
You guys need to keep up.
This technology is already in use, my NOKIA 5210 has a water sensing sticker.
Most phones do this already.
Sony Ericsson and Samsung phones have it on the battery, with the SE ones also inside the phone in a visable place. Some Nokia handsets have them visable, and most motorola phone hsav ethe under the battery as in the apple "pattent". Most start life out as white, but then turn red when they have become wet.
Also, most water damage, at least on phone, will show up with corrosion on the PCB, an usually blue/green corrosion on any copper contacts.