iPhone X may be Apple’s most pool-friendly phone yet

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Galaxy Note 7 water wet
Samsung already offers impressive waterproofing capabilities.
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We know a whole lot about Apple’s new iPhone X handset due to various leaks. One thing we haven’t heard up until now, however, is how waterproof Apple’s new flagship device will prove to be.

While there’s still no definite confirmation, a new patent application granted to Apple in Taiwan suggests that Apple’s new iPhone may have waterproofing to match its Samsung marketplace rival, the Galaxy S8.

The patent application makes clear that Apple plans to build a device that extends far beyond the current splash proof iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which is considered safe for immersion in water up to one meter. The patent application describes a liquid-tight device that forms a, “seal that conform to Rating and International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) 60529 that can also be known as the IP68 rating.”

The International Protection Marking 68 rating refers to a device which is not only completely dust-proof, but also allows for immersion in water to more than 1 meter in depth.

No guarantee

There is, of course, no guarantee that the filing of a patent application is a guarantee that Apple is ready to ship an IP68 iPhone, but the timing — coming one day before Apple’s media event to show off its new handsets — is certainly interesting. As noted, IP68 waterproofing is something that Samsung already offers with its high-end devices, so it makes sense that Apple wants to offer it as well.

It’s not the first time this rumor has circulated regarding the iPhone X, either. Right at the start of this year, a report claimed that Apple’s next-gen flagship device would, “feature the IP68 rating protection as part of drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year.” This report cited a source in Apple’s supply chain.

How much of a selling point would a truly waterproof iPhone be for you? Leave your comments below.

Via: Patently Apple