Apple, in its constant technological updating, works to offer an unparalleled experience with each of its devices and this includes, that not even the slightest detail is a problem. According to a patent released Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, called “Coverglass Fracture Detection,” Apple would be working on an integrated network of sensors and software that can detect the formation of cracks in an iPhone’s protective screen cover.
Apple is exploring technology that can detect when an iPhone screen has been damaged and alert the user early, even if the break is a very thin crack; this would allow the company to come up with better design solutions in the future.
As shown in appleinsider the invention is described as being able to distinguish between the thinnest cracks and fissures, as well as the possibility of measuring the depth of the fracture, length, width and speed of expansion, with proximity and orientation sensors also recruited into the system to detect falls. User notifications can include the location of the screen damage area, as well as alerts on auxiliary damage to internal components caused by the impact.
Among the measures to confirm screen damage, the user will be asked to confirm the location of cracks in the screen by circling the area with their finger. The diagnostic information is then analyzed to generate a timeline of events that have produced the crack, which can be useful during repair work. The subsequent data can also be used by Apple to understand how and when cracks most commonly occur, allowing designers to create more break-resistant screens.
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