Apple today filed a new patent detailing how some future products such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch will feature sensors capable of detecting dangerous and harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO).
Including a gas sensor inside a device would involve having to include holes and physical openings in its chassis, and this is something the technology industry is trying to avoid lately. So it would be very interesting to see what strategy Apple employs to continue offering IP68 certified water resistance.
Since Apple Patently explains how the patent points to a target gas consisting of ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen monoxide (NO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4) and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Components of a mixture of gases other than the target gas listed above include poisonous species including siloxanes, sulphates, phosphates and chlorides and other interfering species such as water vapour.
Technology has always tried to go hand in hand with the environment in recent years. And Apple has always been very interested in providing an image that cares about ecology as well as the health and well-being of its users. Therefore, we could say that this patent comes as a fingertip to the company of the bitten apple.
Now we just have to wait and see if Apple decides to implement the idea of this curious patent and develop an Apple Watch (an iPhone or an iPad) with air quality and health-damaging gas detection functions. Without a doubt, this would be a great advance in science and technology. What do you think about this curious Apple patent?