The Apple iPhone 7 is rumored to be around the corner and by now we have all been introduced to the drill that occurs during this time of the year. The Cupertino giant upgrades the processor, installs a better camera, improves apps and makes a few minor design changes at most.
The iPhone 6 was the only exception with a larger (read, much larger!) screen size, which took us all off guard! However, apart from that, we have no reports of Apple working on any major changes on the iPhone 7 that could enhance the device’s oomph quotient.
Apple claims to have reduced the thickness of the upcoming device, thanks to the new A10 chip, which is more compact than ever before, but that is hardly enough reason to upgrade from the current-generation iPhone 6, Plus or the S variants, unless of course you want to show-off your new iPhone (read, fortune).
This drill has continued ever since the iPhone 4, which introduced the Retina Display, the iPhone 5, which sported a bigger screen size, lightning port and LTE and the iPhone 6, which gave customers access to ApplePay and a 5-inch screen. So, the question here is, what should be the selling point for the Apple iPhone 7?
The latest trend in the smartphone industry is waterproof smartphones and many manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Sony, etc. have been providing waterproof devices for a while now. Waterproofing smartphones is neither impossible, nor extremely difficult.
Hence, it’s high time Apple considers a waterproof iPhone, considering the premium pricing that the smartphones command.Even though aftermarket waterproof cases and covers are available for most devices, they tend to be bulky and non-portable.
As a result, they do not have any major practical influences. Initially, waterproof devices could withstand water till a certain depth. However, with the evolution of technology, the devices can withstand greater depth and water pressure.
Waterproof smartphones generally have a waterproofing coat over their standard IC panels, which prevents the water particles from interfering with the electric components on the IC chip. However, in such conditions, it is difficult to click pictures or use the touchscreen, for example.
Hence, even though the manufacturers have found out a way for the smartphones to keep breathing underwater, they still need to figure out how to make the devices keep functioning there.
The first waterproof device from Apple is the Apple Watch, which has received the IPX7 waterproof protection mark. The rating indicates that the Apple Watch can survive 1 meter underwater for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Experts have not taken Apple for their word and have gone ahead and tested the Apple Watch underwater. The results show that the device lives up to its claims. Considering that the Apple Watch will be worn at all times, waterproofing seems like a good idea. However, Apple should also consider designing a waterproof iPhone, since it makes sense too!
As we know, water does not go well with electricity, hence, smartphones should be waterproof as there is a high chance of them falling in a pool or the toilet, since we use them at all times. Even if this might never have happened to you,the chances are quite high.
Water damage is a pain with any of Apple’s devices, since it’s not covered under warranty. Apple can refurbish their old devices and even replace parts in case the device is covered under warranty. However, that is not the case with water damage. As a result, it’s high time Apple considers working on a waterproof iPhone.
The worst part about the deal is that the owners pay a hefty sum at the time of purchase, then spends another fortune in insuring the product while cheap Android smartphones provide waterproofing for a fraction of the price.