Apple considers making a ‘life vest’ for iPhones

Future iPhones could include a “life vest” for iPhones with “floaties” build into special cases so the Apple smartphone won’t sink when dropped in water. Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150331456) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for an “electronic device housing.”

The housing/case would also protect it other ways. According to Apple’s patent, it would sport an anti-shock mechanism to protect an iPhone from impact on a hard surface. The device includes shock absorbers which may be deployed upon sensing a triggering event by an accelerometer. The shock absorbers may include bumpers of buoyant material to allow the portable electronic device to float if the device contacts a water surface.

The patent also mentions tables and laptops so, theoretically, the invention could also apply to iPads and Mac laptops. In the patent filing, Apple says users have grown so accustomed to carrying such devices, they’re often used while engaging in strenuous activities such as running, climbing and the like. This means they’re sometimes dropped or exposed to elements such as water. Apple says the devices may be dropped into water environments such as a lake, ocean, or even a bathtub or sink within the home. 

Apple wants to build a case — or series of cases — that would protect your iOS and perhaps an OS X device from such hazards.