There are plenty of patents out there being filed by Apple, and from time to time we catch some really ingenious ones. Such is the case with a fresh one, called Concealed Electrical Connectors, discovered by the folks over at AppleInsider.
The patent application was first filed for in December 2013 and describes a clever process which would allow Apple to endow its iPhone logos with health sensors, fingerprint readers and even a inductive charging setup. According to the patent, Apple’s engineers have invented an electrical system which can be implemented within the iPhone’s chassis in order to provide housing for various sensors.
When you think of Apple and sensors, it’s the Apple Watch which comes to mind, but it seems that the company is at least pondering over the idea of embedding a plethora of sensors, monitors, readers and chargers into its iPhones and iPads, as well. What’s curious is that Apple could be using existing apertures or surface anomalies to achieve that. And it seems that that the Apple logo which is inscribed on all iPhone and iPad models is the most aesthetic way to achieve that. Besides the logo, Apple could be hiding sensors behind the ‘iPhone’ or ‘iPad’ product identifier, too, as we can see from this image on the right.
The patent says that Apple could conceal any number of electronic contacts under ‘complete or partial glyphs, letters, words, numbers and other symbols.’ It might seem hard to believe, but Apple’s engineers can hide quite a few sensors in this tiny place, such as fingerprint readers, skin conductivity sensors, heart rate monitors. Furthermore, Apple could opt for contact solutions like MagSafe which would allow for inductive charging and various docking mechanisms.
But that’s not all, as optical sensors could also be disposed beneath transparent glyph sections. Of course, when it comes to Apple patents, most of them never turn out to become real features, but the company’s current lineup could allow for this smart innovation. Mikey Campbell explains how:
With iPhone 6, for example, Apple moved from a polished rear logo to an embedded design filled with stainless steel. That amount of space is more than enough to deploy a host of biometric sensors, though multiples would likely require collocation over a wide area like the letters of an “iPhone” indicia.
If Apple does plan to embed at least some sensors in logos, then this will allow them to make even thinner iPhones, and we know that this what Apple always loves to boast with. Apple already possess the technology needed for inductive charging, available in the Apple Watch, so its customers already know the perks and the comfort of this method. So could this be coming to future iPhones, as well? We hope so.