Apple Gets the Message, Finally Decides to Build Waterproof iPhone

Well we can’t exactly say it hasn’t been a long time coming – why on Earth has it take Apple so long to join the waterproof Smartphone club? Deliberate ploy to make their phones more breakable/replaceable? A deal with insurers to keep premiums elevated? Given the fact that so many rivals have been sorting their fans with waterproof devices for years, you have to wonder what Apple has been playing at.

Case in point – the dunk-proof flagship Xperia Z range from Sony.

However, yet another patent filing has emerged which suggests that Apple may (finally!) be looking to bring fully water-proofing to the iPhone 7. The phrase ‘better late than never’ most certainly applies, but the prospect of not having a panic attack each time your $900 mobe gets so much as sneezed on is an appealing one to say the least!

Apple Gets the Message, Finally Decides to Build Waterproof iPhone

Curiously, the patent in question was actually filed in the summer of last year – confirming the fact that Apple has clearly been interested in water-proofing its devices for some time. A relatively simple concept, the patent refers to a special cover for the lightening port, manufactured from rubber which provides an effective seal when no cable is connected.

As with most mobile devices, it’s finding ways of protecting open ports from water the represents the biggest challenge of all when it comes to making them waterproof. As already mentioned, Sony has been doing it with enormous success for years, but clearly in a manner Apple didn’t want (or wasn’t allowed) to replicate.

Now that we’ve seen exactly what’s inside the iPhone 6S and the way the device is put together, we’ve learned that it did indeed come very close to being the first water-proof iPhone ever released. Coupled with the fact that there have been numerous patent filings to date outlining water-proofing features and add-ons, it’s clear that it really is only a matter of time until all future iPhones are drop-in-the-toilet resistant…and not a moment too soon, at that!

Of course it’s also not as if ever patent spotted ever materialises in the flesh, but when it comes to something as important as water-proofing…well, let’s just say it’s been a long time coming.