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  • The Apple patent shows a miniature gas sensor that can be inserted into phones.
  • Sensors will be able to detect harmful gases.
  • Apple is focusing more and more on health.


Apple would have been granted a patent for a technology that would allow future Apple devices to detect toxic gases, including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane. Spotted by a website monitoring Apple's patents, the new patent details the company's miniature gas sensors, which will feature features like improved stability, increased resistance to poisoning, and reduced signal strength. Apple said it filed the patent application in March 2018 and the patent has just been awarded to the company. It is unclear when the first products, including new technology, will come on the market.

According to a report published in Patently Apple magazine, the Cupertino-based company has been granted a patent for a new health sensor capable of detecting harmful gases and informing consumers of the toxic environment that surrounds them. The company seems to build robust miniature gas sensors that can integrate Apple devices such as the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.

The Patently Apple report notes that the implementation of the Apple Gas Sensor "helps remove chemically toxic and interfering species from an incoming gas stream, improving poison resistance and sensor stability and thus reducing signal drift over time".


The patent reveals that Apple's sensors should be able to detect ozone, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. In addition, it will also be able to detect siloxanes, sulphates, phosphates, and chlorides.

Since this is just a patent, the current commercial implementation plans for these sensors are a mystery, but Apple Watch and the iPhone seem like a good option for integrating a product of this type. Apple is focusing more and more on health and seems to fit this business purpose. Even Tim Cook recently told CNBC that in a few decades he wanted people to remember Apple for its great contributions to health.

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