iOS 10 tells you when your iPhone gets too moist

iOS 10 tells you when your iPhone gets too moist

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Letting water in? There's an app a patent for that. Photo: TechSmartt
This one's definitely too wet.
Photo: TechSmartt

iOS 10 won’t make your iPhone water-resistant (so don’t believe the phony claims you’ll find on Facebook following its public release), but it will warn you when your device gets too wet.

I love listening to music and podcasts in the shower, and there’s no easier way to do that than to just take my iPhone in the bathroom, set it down somewhere, and crank the volume up. But sometimes — when things get particularly steamy — it gets worryingly moist.

I don’t think that moisture is doing any damage, but it’s hard to tell. It won’t be when iOS 10 drops this fall, however, because Apple’s next-generation software has an awesome new feature that warns you when your iPhone is too wet.

It actually focuses on the Lightning port; when you plug in a cable or accessory, you’ll see a notice that tells you “liquid has been detected in the Lightning connector.” Users are advised to disconnect the accessory and allow the port to dry.

The feature has been around since iOS 10 beta 2, according to reports, and has been confirmed to work on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. It’s unclear if earlier models are also supported, but I wouldn’t count on it.

A similar feature is found on Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 series, which are designed to be water-resistant. If moisture gets into the micro-USB port and a cable is plugged in, the device advises users to unplug it to prevent any damage.

This could suggest Apple is planning to make its iPhone 7 series water-resistant, and that it has built this feature into iOS 10 to allow for that. But again, I wouldn’t count on it until it’s confirmed this fall.

Via: Engadget