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iPhone 7 Waterproof? What We Know About Apple Patent Application

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Apple should better pack these specs in their upcoming iPhone 7 (or 6S) model. (Image courtesy of Apple)

An Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Patent Application has provided a peek into the future of the company?s flagship phones and it?s an exciting possibility, especially to those who love anything waterproof.

Based on a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office document titled, ?METHODS FOR SHIELDING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS FROM MOISTURE? by inventors Nicholas G. Merz, Scott A. Myers, Gregory N. Stephens, and Joseph C. Poole, Apple Inc. is serious about taking the iPhone or any of its devices to the next level.

What the Patent Application Shows

The company has provided 36 descriptions about its patent application. Simply put, Apple Inc. stated that ?The described embodiments relate generally to methods for increasing moisture resistance of electrical components. More specifically methods for applying hydrophobic coatings and methods for applying connector protection are disclosed.??

How exactly will Apple do this? Apparently, Plasma-Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition (PACVD) and silicone seals will do the trick.

According to Apple Insider, what makes this different from the others is that the company wants to shield the important components of the device with a hydrophobic coating, instead of just securing the device through its housing.

A Waterproof iPhone 7, perhaps?

A lot of people were surprised to know that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF) opted to remove the waterproof feature in its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6. While it may seem that this year, the company prioritized aesthetics more, with its updated glass and sleek metal design, Apple seems to be treading the opposite direction.

Several reports are now claiming that the the iPhone 7, believed to be released in 2016, could be waterproof. In fact, Expert Reviews?says the company may launch the device in September 2016, and that could give Apple more than enough time to integrate the feature to its devices. The public should expect and upgraded version of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6S, in September 2015, but perhaps that device won?t be waterproof just yet, the report adds. Anyway, it seems 2015 is the year of the Apple Watch, so we’ll be on the lookout.

While it?s still early to predict this, with Apple?s Patent application, anything is possible. Perhaps, the company doesn?t want to be mocked with another Ice Bucket challenge from Samsung, and we might be seeing the turning of tables in 2016.

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