Wednesday 28 September 2016

Patent points to waterproof iPhone 7

Emma Clark

Published 14/12/2015 | 10:02

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The iPhone 7 may be waterproof if a patent for an elasticated accessory port is granted. This isn't the first waterproofing measure that Apple has tried.

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You may not have to worry about using the iPhone 7 in the bath or over a body of water as Apple seems to be working on waterproofing technology.

Apple has filed a patent for a shapeshifting rubber port that allows accessories to be plugged in, but seals gaps around the input to prevent water from seeping in. Of course, there's also the rumour that Apple will do away with the 3.5mm jack altogether, which would reduce the need for such technology.

Apple seems to be dabbling with waterproof technology already, though it's not making a song and dance of it. Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus feature an elastic gasket inside the frame to make them more resistant to water.

It's as yet unknown if this technology will be included in the iPhone 7. But it is promising that Apple is working on waterproofing its devices.

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