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Your iPhone’s Apple logo could soon hide secret sensors

The iPhone’s Apple logo looks great, but in the interminable quest to make phones slimmer and lighter, there’s no room for chaff.

That’s probably why Apple is working on ways to make the fruity branding a little more pragmatic.

That’s according to a new patent filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office that reveals possible plans for future iPhone handsets.

The patent is titled “concealed electrical connectors” and details a way of embedding sensors into the iPhone’s Apple logo.

Apple summed it up jargon-tastically, writing: “An electronic device with a rigid housing includes multiple apertures which each define a portion of a symbol used to identify the device.”

It continues: “Conducting inserts may be positioned within the apertures to provide externally-accessible electrical connectors. The electrical connector may be used as a portion of a sensor or a charging circuit.”

The patent filing goes on to make reference to skin conductivity sensors, heart rate monitors, and even fingerprint readers i.e. moving Touch ID from the home button to the rear of the phone.

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Of course, as with all patents, it’s impossible to say whether anything will come of Apple’s concept.

Considering the patent was only just filed, it seems a little premature to suggest we might see this technology in the much-rumoured iPhone 6S, but next year’s mooted iPhone 7 release might be a different story.

If you still haven’t jumped on the Apple bandwagon, you should check out our iPhone 6 review below:

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