Is Apple working on equipping its future iPhones with “self-healing” material?
In the company’s latest patent filing, Apple said it will apply a self-healing elastomer over one or more of the device’s external electronic connectors.
Apple said the device’s self-healing elastomers can be applied to the headphone jack opening including its cylindrical housing, which instantly protects the exposed contacts from dust, liquid and other harmful materials.
Apart from its self-healing trait, these elastomers are so flexible that they can be penetrated by a headphone plug. The material automatically reseals when the connector is released from the attachment.