With rivals like Sony and Samsung having gained a lead in waterproofing their phones more, Apple readies itself to take back the crown of technological leadership by ensuring that the iPhone 7, due to be released in the third quarter of 2016, meets IP68 specifications, which is the ultimate waterproofing standard. As of now, waterproof smartphones are IP67-compliant, meaning they can withstand water for a maximum of 30 minutes, but only when immersed up to a depth of 1 meter, not more. While the IP67 standard only mentions protection against immersion, the IP68 is about being dust-resistant and protection against ‘complete, continuous submersion in water’.
As always, iPhones have only gotten slimmer with every generation and the iPhone 7 is rumored to be even thinner than the iPhone 6 series. However, one factor restricting this is the headphone jack, and Apple seems to have overcome this hurdle by allowing headphones to connect to the phone via a lightning port (something that iPhone enthusiasts have been clamoring for since 2012) or Bluetooth.
Screen sizes have also increased with every new generation, and Apple seems unlikely to break with this tradition. However, what has always been characteristic of iPhones is a superior display unmatched by no one else. Reports suggest Apple is considering a switch from LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) technology to OLED, and is in talks with LG, which already manufactures mobile screens for Apple. Samsung is another contender for the supply of OLED screens. With nine months to launch, the California-based giant can still afford to play around and see which would be the best fit for the iPhone 7.