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Apple's looking to cram a bunch of sensors into a future iPhone or iWatch

Apple sensors patent
Sensors of all kinds could soon be built into iPhone speakers

We've previously heard rumblings that Apple might be planning to add various sensors to the iWatch and iPhone 6, and a newly unearthed patent certainly points further in that direction.

The patent is for 'Electronic Devices With Environmental Sensors' and describes sensor components which could include temperature, pressure, humidity or 'other' sensors which would share the same ports as the speakers or microphone in a device, avoiding the need for additional openings.


A second filing from Apple details 'Electronic Devices With Temperature Sensors' which would involve building a thermal sensor into a button or switch.

This could then measure the temperature of anything that touches it, be that the air or a user's finger, so it could essentially be used as a thermometer.

There's no guarantee that we'll see either of these things in Apple's next raft of products but it's certainly a possibility and if not this year then maybe next, as it looks more and more like Apple is seriously exploring sensors.

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.