In today's digital age, everyone relies heavily on their tech devices. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and it is not uncommon for people to accidentally drop their smartphones or other gadgets into water or other liquids.
This can lead to panic as users are often unsure about the extent of damage and whether any liquid has entered their electronic devices, potentially causing a short circuit.
Recently, Apple introduced a new feature for its iPhone and macOS Sonoma operating system to address this issue.
This feature, known as “liquiddetectiond” is designed to detect the presence of liquid or water in the Type-C ports of Mac computers, with the aim of preventing damage from liquid spills or accidental immersion.
The “liquiddetectiond” is a background process that runs on Macs equipped with Type-C ports.
When you connect a Lightning or USB-C cable or an accessory to an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later models, the iPhone can now warn you if there is liquid in the connector.
It does this by monitoring the ports for any signs of liquid, such as changes in electrical resistance or temperature.
This liquid detection feature is a valuable tool for Mac users, as it can potentially save them from costly repairs or the loss of their Mac.
If you encounter the alert every time you connect a specific cable or accessory, it may be damaged, and you should contact the manufacturer, as per the report.
Apple also provides guidance on what to do if your iPhone or accessory gets wet:
- Unplug the cable from your iPhone and the other end from the power adapter or accessory.
- Do not reconnect the cable until both your iPhone and the cable are completely dry.
- Gently tap your iPhone against your hand with the connector facing down to remove excess liquid. Place your iPhone in a dry area with some airflow.
- After at least 30 minutes, attempt to charge with a Lightning or USB-C cable or connect an accessory.
- If you see the alert again, there may still be liquid in the connector or under the pins of your cable. Leave your iPhone in a dry place with airflow for up to a day. You can try charging or connecting an accessory again during this period. It may take up to 24 hours to dry fully.
- If your phone has dried out but still isn't charging, unplug the cable from the adapter from the wall (if possible), and then connect them again.
However, there are certain things you should avoid said Apple:
- Don't try to dry your iPhone using an external heat source or compressed air.
- Don't insert foreign objects, like cotton swabs or kitchen towels into the connector.
- Avoid putting your iPhone in a bag of rice, as this could introduce small rice particles that may harm your device.