For an underwater photography software.
First uncovered by Patently Apple, the news has broken that Apple’s iPhone 7 — set to be released in the first week of September — may very well be waterproof.
Apple has filed a patent, which was granted this week, that outlines a system for color-balancing photos taken underwater. Logically, if Apple is working on rolling out a technology for underwater photos, one would assume that their phones would also be waterproof.
In the patent, Apple writes that the invention “relates to an image organizing and editing application that receives and edits image data of an underwater scene in a digital image in order to remove undesirable tints from objects in the scene.”
Further, there have been reports that suggest Apple will be removing the standard headphone jack on its new phones, which is one of the easiest places for water to seep in.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Note 7 are all waterproof, but still manage to work with a regular headphone jack. Therefore, Apple may be eliminating the headphone jack in attempts to stop people from listening to pirated music, The Verge suggests. Without a headphone jack, the iPhone 7 would use the Lighting charging jack to connect to headphones, so Apple could create a software that would prevent illegally obtained content from being played through the port.
There’s no guarantee that the new iPhone will be waterproof and designed against pirating — for now, it’s all speculation centered around their filed patents.
Still, the latest patent does specify that the new underwater photography software could “operate on mobile devices,” so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
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