Apple Supplier Confirms New iPhone Models Will Be 'Waterproof' With Wireless Charging

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    iPhone assembler Wistron has confirmed that at least one of Apple's next-generation iPhone models will be "waterproof" and include wireless charging capabilities, according to Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review.

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    Apple analysts Jeff Pu of Yuanta Investment Consulting and Arthur Liao of Fubon Securities claim Wistron is splitting orders for the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone with a flat display with larger Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, so it's likely that Wistron is referring to the so-called "iPhone 7s Plus."

    Given the higher-end "iPhone 8" is expected to be a premium smartphone, positioned above the iPhone 7s Plus, that model will likely feature wireless charging and improved water resistance as well. That leaves the next 4.7-inch iPhone, which is already rumored to have wireless charging, and it's reasonable to assume the smaller model will have improved water resistance too.

    iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models are already splash- and water-resistant with an IP67 rating, but Apple's fine print warns that "splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear." iPhone water damage is not covered by Apple's warranties.

    Nevertheless, many iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users use their smartphones in the shower, for example, without issue.

    A report earlier this year said Apple's next iPhone models will feature improved IP68-rated water resistance. In the IP68 rating, the "6" means the next iPhone would remain effectively dustproof, with "no ingress of dust" and "complete protection against contact," while the "8" means the device will be even more water resistant.

    Samsung's Galaxy S8, which already has IP68-rated water resistance, is able to withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

    Article Link: Apple Supplier Confirms New iPhone Models Will Be 'Waterproof' With Wireless Charging
     
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    Can anything truly be 100% waterproof? I'm only expecting an IP68 rating.
     
  3. macguru212 macrumors member

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    Wireless charger sold separately.


    I kid! Hopefully.
     
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    Is the current iPhone SE waterproof/resistant? Because if "one" of Apple's next iPhones has waterproofing capabilities, and since the 7's are already "waterproof/resistant," hopefully this means that there is a new SE in the works.
     
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    Joe,
    You might want to change "waterproofing" to water resistant, which would be more apropos and accurate, given the content of your article.

    "Given the higher-end "iPhone 8" is expected to be a premium smartphone, positioned above the iPhone 7s Plus, that model will likely feature wireless charging and improved waterproofing as well."
     
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    The most eye-popping feature will be the price tag.
     
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    "One of Apple's next generation". Remember, its rumored we are getting an 7s and 8.

    Currently, the 7 is only resistant. This is claiming waterproof.

    So 7s would be resistant and 8 would be waterproof.
     
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    It's nice to think that somebody at Apple was paid to splash water on iPhones in an aesthetically pleasing manner and photograph the results. They probably spent hours on this.

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    The title of the article seems in line with the quote from the supplier:
    "Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit," [Robert] Hwang, [Wistron CEO], told reporters after the company's annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday.
     
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    I suspect it might be $100 - $200 (at most) more than the top line model now. Not a huge increase (if true).
     
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    And folks are always welcome to voice their displeasure with their pocketbooks.
     
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    Aren't these renders?
     
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    Wow. It's not going to be waterproof. Change the ****ing title, stop click-baiting.
     
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    It most likely will be separate. I dont see it being bundled in due to cost.
     
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    Indeed. mine will be remaining firmly closed. If the re-designed iMac (late 2017/early 2018) looks good then It will open again.
     
  18. willmtaylor macrumors 604

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    It's obviously based off of the supplier's quotations.
     
  19. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

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    Splash? Some product photographer spent a 10 hour day with an eye dropper to make that...
     
  20. zapm macrumors newbie

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    My Jet Black iPhone 7+ was $969 + tax and my space black watch was $1100 + tax. You must not be familiar with Apple's pricing.
     
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    And the press will have a field day slagging Apple off. Samsung will not be far behind.
     
  22. Joe Rossignol Editor

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    You're right. I changed "waterproofing" to "water resistance" in this particular sentence.

    For all other mentions of "waterproof," this is why.

    See above.
     
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    these definitely look like renders. either way, it could have taken them hours to do this ;)
     
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    yes, my rolex is waterproof
     

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