When water or any other liquid is spilled on any device (especially a MacBook), users tend to press the panic button. In many cases, users are unaware of the extent of the damage or, in some cases, unaware if liquid has somehow gotten into their Mac ports or keyboards.
Apple has added a new feature to the macOS Sonoma operating system that can detect the presence of liquid or water in the Type-C ports of Mac computers.
This feature, called “liquid detection,” is designed to help prevent damage to Macs from spills or accidental submersion.
How does it work?
The Liquiddetectiond daemon is a background process that runs on Macs with Type-C ports. Monitors ports for any signs of fluid, such as a change in electrical resistance or a change in temperature of the port. If liquid is detected, the daemon will alert the user with a notification and prompt them to unplug connected devices. This notice is intended to help users take immediate action to prevent further damage to their devices.
The Liquiddetectiond daemon is a valuable tool for Mac users who are concerned about the potential for liquid damage on their devices. This daemon can help prevent costly repairs or even lost Mac by monitoring Type-C ports for any signs of liquid.
Apple’s limited warranty doesn’t cover damage from liquids, even for water-resistant products like iPhones and Apple Watches. As a result, Apple has developed several methods to detect liquid exposure on its devices. Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI), found on many Apple products, are small stickers that change color when in contact with liquids. These indicators serve as visual cues for technicians to determine whether a device has been exposed to liquids. “Mac laptops and some Apple wired and wireless keyboards feature Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) that help determine if these products have been exposed to liquid,” Apple notes on its website.
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