It is no secret that Apple plans to get rid of the 3.5 mm audio Jack in the iPhone 7, which will use the Lightning interface. In order not to worsen consumer properties of their gadgets, the company plans to equip smartphones port Smart Connector as the iPad Pro. This week, the Bureau of patents and trademarks U.S. published patent application by Apple for an improved version of this connector.
The document entitled “Electronic device with a hidden connector” describes the connectors, Smart Connector, covered with a self-healing elastomer. The intention of the engineers, this will make the connectors visible from the outside of the gadget.
While Apple ponders where to place the elastomer in the hole or plug. For normal operation of the iPhone and iPad when connecting cables and accessories in the ports of the elastomer deforms, and then recovers its initial shape and size inside the port as soon as the plug is ejected.
The pins of the external connector can temporarily pierce the elastomer, to ensure contact with the connector on the device. After the external connector is extracted, the shape and integrity of the coating is restored by the properties of the elastomer.
Clearly, not all technical solutions are used in Apple products, but given the already made steps to improve the water resistance of the iPhone, we are more likely to expect the implementation of this technology in the next generation devices.