With Apple expected to introduce Wednesday its latest products, iPhone enthusiasts are waiting to finding out whether the tech giant's signature smartphone will be waterproof. The answer seems to be definite, as industry insiders are all in apparent agreement about what could be the worst kept tech secret of all time. While the iPhone's level of water resistance has been steadily increased with each subsequent release, the newest incarnation could see the mobile device be the most waterproofed it has been, according to reports. This means the iPhone7 could more than likely be able to survive splashes, showers and being submerged in a little more than three feet of water, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told MacRumors over the weekend. The iPhone 7 is also expected to have the IPX7 rating for waterproofing, meaning, if true, the new device can be underwater for as long as a half-hour.
Both Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple's iPhone 8 may be fully waterproof. A new report by the Investor indicates that both devices will be IP68 certified. For the uninitiated, IP stands for ingress protection. An IP68 protection basically means that device can be submerged in 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes. Smartphone makers such as Samsung use a special nanocoating on their devices that does not let water get in, even through open ports such as the 3.5mm jack on the Galaxy S7.
I vividly remember standing in my kitchen, gently laying my iPhone 4 into a bowl of uncooked rice. The device had taken an unfortunate tumble into a sink full of dishwater, and its fragile electronic innards met their liquid nemesis head-on.and The internet told me the rice would help dry it out (it didn't). Now, most high-end smartphones are sealed up tight enough that a quick dip won't phase them. The word "waterproof" attached to a gadget is comforting, but it's worth knowing that all waterproofing isn't created equal.
There will likely be a similar presentation on the next iPhone's water-resistance. A new report out of the Korea Herald, citing several sources, say the next iPhone -- iPhone 8, 10th-anniversary iPhone, or whatever courageous name Apple decides to call it -- will feature a water and dust resistance rating of IP68, which is the highest level of weather resistance for a mobile device. This is a jump from the iPhone 7's IP67 rating. That means the next iPhone will be able to handle being underwater as deep as five feet for up to 30 minutes. The source speaking to Korean Herald calls it a "drastic upgrade," but it's worth noting, however, that this is really nothing new to the industry, since Samsung's 2016 flagships already have IP68 ratings.
Since it launched its first handset, OnePlus has been pretty clear that the goal is to deliver a well designed smartphone that has all the features of flagship device but at a cost-effective price… a mission baked into the'Never Settle' slogan still in use. The recently launched OnePlus 6 follows that maxim, and manages to bring high-level specifications to a very competitively priced handset (the base line is $529 for the 6GB RAM 64 GB storage model). But it's the compromises made along the way that make or break the device. And while the choice of switching to a glass back for the design, the lack of wireless charging, and the inclusion of the world's greatest smartphone fashion feature (that would be the notch), are all worthy of discussion once I've spent a bit of time with the handset, there's one issue that has left me scratching my head. How waterproof is the OnePlus 6?