iPhone 8 may have even higher waterproof rating

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The next iPhone will be great at swimming.
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Apple may be planning to make its next iPhone even more waterproof, according to the newest rumor out of Asia.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is currently the only smartphone with a device boasting a IP68 rating, but Apple allegedly plans to catch up this year with an iPhone that can can be submerged just as deep.

“Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the IP68 rating protection as part of drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year,” reports South Korean news site, The Investor, citing an industry source.

The 10th anniversary iPhone

Rumors surrounding the 2017 iPhone have already begun heating up even though the device likely won’t be unveiled until the fall. Analysts are predicting that pent up demand plus a host of new features could help Apple shatter sales records.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the first two Apple smartphones to feature waterproofing and dust proofing. The devices have an IP67 rating, meaning they can be submerged at 1 meter for up the 30 minutes. Galaxy S7 devices are rated for 30 minutes of submersion at 1.5 meters.

Other new features on the iPhone 8 could include a redesigned body that features a stainless steel band sandwiched in between two sides of curved glass. Bezel sizes on the new devices may be much feature and fingerprint scanning could be moved behind the display.