A Waterproof rMB?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rhyzome, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    Is a waterproof retina MacBook in the future?

    (And given the rumors of a waterproof iPhone) The near future? Why might such a device be likely? What, if any, obstacles prevent Apple from making such a device?
  2. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    My brother-in-law is Aquaman and he is always complaining about having to come out of the ocean near New Venice to pay his bills, it's that damn lack of underwater wi-fi that's the problem. He's complained to the Coast Guard, they don't believe him, but the Super Friends are all over this.

  3. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    Ports and keyboard can probably be sealed. Ventilation might be a problem. Opposed to a phone there's not much use to having it completely waterproof though. But being able to spill a drink on it without worrying about damage would be nice.
  4. jfriedman8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2008
    You'd think eventually Apple would start to incorporate some of this stuff. I've never had any durability issues, but I can for sure tell you my 3 year old work Lenovo is more durable than any Apple machine Ive had.
  5. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    If anything, having a keyboard with a drain hole may happen. I don't see much benefit to a "waterproof" laptop. I mean, who would use a laptop underwater or in the shower. A drain for the keyboard may take care of the occasional liquid spills.
  6. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    The iPhone today is still not water proof, though apparently through some testing it is probably considered water resistant. But that's only to a certain depth and such, so I still wouldn't consider it waterproof.

    Since there are clearly more benefits for this implementation to a phone rather than a notebook, I think the odds are slim to none. The phone would see this feature first, especially considering it's like 1/10 of the surface area for a notebook device
  7. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    What you need is a USB-C drive that is powered by Oxygum like marine boy :)
  8. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010

    Ah, if Apple could only get the RMB to have Marine Boy's bubble field. Perhaps Skylake can do that too. Joking aside, my brother-in-law hates Marine Boy, he says he's very aloof and full of himself.

  9. Koudspeel macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    It's a bit silly to even think about the idea of making the Macbook waterproof, but I do see some uses. In my opinion it would be as silly as waterproofing an iPhone. Why? Simple, the iPhone would be waterproofed for I think 4 use cases. Accidentally spilling liquid on it, using it outside in the rain, making underwater photos and maybe using it in the shower/bathtub to read the news while you relax or something.

    3 of these use cases could also be applied to the Macbook. Since the Macbook is also very mobile I can see a lot of people using it outside in the work field with the possibility of water spatting on the Macbook. Accidental spillage of liquids is also a very reasonable assumption and using the Macbook in a bathtub could also be a use case for some.

    The thing is: there are many people that have many different use cases for the Macbook. Use cases you simply can't imagine because everyone uses their products in different ways. As for Apple incorporating this waterproof feature in the Macbook, I think the chance is very slim, but one can hope/speculate about it.

    Boltjames, please be kind and either refrain yourself from posting or stop trolling.
  10. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Coffee spills and accidentel rain damage could be the only cases where I see water proof be an advantage. I doubt Apple would gain many sales using water proof as an argument, so I think they'll just stick to selling new laptops to the people who do these things. Easier for them, and they earn more money.
  11. Koudspeel macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    I also strongly doubt that they will add this as a feature and make it a selling point. It simply wouldn't be a necessary/key feature for a lot of people. I personally wouldn't need this feature, but I wouldn't mind them adding it though. I know that my girlfriend would be happy with this feature, but she is one of the minority I think.

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