The Next iPhone Could Be Waterproof And It Turns Out Your Current One Could Be Too
Featured image credit: PA Images.
Numerous leaks have all but confirmed that Apple's next iPhone, the iPhone 7, will be waterproof, however sources are also suggesting that the tech company could attempt to keep the feature secret.
A patent was granted this week for a technique that lets Apple's mobile devices take pictures underwater, so it would make sense that they're also working on letting those devices go underwater safely first.
The company has been gradually working to make its handsets more resilient - as users have often complained they are easier to break than some Android equivalents.
The changes haven't just included waterproofing but also making them more resistant to shattering, with the newer phones using different glass that makes them far less likely to break when dropped.
More Like This
Many Android devices are already waterproof - I have a Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 and I spilled some water over it a couple of weeks back and it was right as rain.
It isn't clear whether if Apple does make the new phone waterproof, it'll actually market it that way. The iPhone 6s already appears to be able to stand being thrown in water - videos on the internet show it being put into bowls of liquid and surviving.
However, the company hasn't talked about waterproofing at all in the iPhone 6s's marketing and doesn't recommend dropping it into liquid, which to be fair is sound advice even if a device is 'waterproof'.
Some have suggested that the Apple Watch - which is marketed as splashproof - can actually handle going underwater too.
Either way this all sounds like good news for anybody planning on buying an iPhone 7.
Words by James Dawson