Apple's New Feature Detects Water In USB-C Ports, Curbs Warranty Fraud


In an effort to reduce false warranty claims, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has incorporated a new feature in macOS Sonoma to detect liquid in USB-C ports on Macs.

This development follows a 2010 lawsuit against Apple for its usage of moisture indicators in iPhones,  reported Apple Insider. The lawsuit, which Apple lost, alleged that the indicators were inaccurate. The tech giant had to pay a hefty $53 million in settlement.

The suit possibly prompted Apple’s 2012 patent application for an enhanced water sensor system. The filing indicated that frequent replacements were being authorized for products damaged in ways not covered under the warranty, largely due to the inability of Apple Store staff to accurately identify water damage.

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