Since last year, Apple introduced Smart Connector on the iPad Pro, industry speculation that Apple may also use this connectivity solutions at this year's iPhone update. One of the main role in the Smart Connector is the iPad Pro iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard connected. In addition, to take full advantage of Smart Connector, Apple has created a unique fabric can be conductive, so that the power and data can be transferred in both directions. Smart Connector for the keyboard connection data sets of power transmission, eliminating the need to connect via Bluetooth keyboard, the keyboard must be built into the thickness of the battery volume problem.
And earlier this year, the Internet also exposed a suspected spy iPhone 7, the exposure of the photo we see the body back indeed suspected Smart Connector connectors, but the recent exposure of the spy photos, these interfaces have disappeared I do not know earlier this year exposed the spy is not accurate, or that the Apple Smart Connector technology is not yet available on the iPhone. On the iPhone use Smart Connector, Apple may have other.
United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced a patent Apple, which describes the use of "stealth" design Smart Connector interface in iPhone body back. Apple said in the patent document, in order to obtain the "invisible" Smart Connector effect, they will be redesigned iPhone shell, using the new self-healing elastomer to achieve this effect. Apple pointed out that "this region has conductive properties of the coating from the external electronic devices may look invisible."
Apple noted that in some cases, after the opening has a self-healing elastomer filled shell more than the range; and in some cases the elastomeric range is filled inside the opening. One or more of these elastomers through conductivity probe can be connected on the connector head. After the conductivity probe removed, these self-healing elastomer will be restored to its original appearance, while continuing to play its protective function.
Apple in May this year had won the patent, and they recently made a change to this, that when Apple invented the patent, iPad Pro may not yet listed. Apparently Apple engineers addition to using the iPad Pro Smart Connector in addition, they are also considering the use of this solution to other devices, iPhone version of the Smart Connector is certainly within their range of vision.
Smart Connector now seems merely isolated on iPad Pro series of products being, in fact, this feature should be extended to all among Apple's hardware devices, in order to encourage more users to use this feature, so as to enhance the Apple hardware sales.
So, what factors in order to promote Smart Connector functions are placed in an updated version of the iPhone into it? So-called "pure glass" iPhone 8 will give priority to material made use of this feature? For now, it is difficult to make accurate predictions. For now, this industry also need to remain calm, after all, there is a long period of time to see Apple introduced the iPhone 7, maybe, when Apple will launch iPhone 7 Shi to bring some surprises.