HzO 'Talking to Apple' About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pocket-lint reports that Utah company HzO, which was showing off its "WaterBlock" technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week's CES, has said it is talking to Apple about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. Samsung is also reportedly "excited" by the technology.
    The WaterBlock technology, which consists of a coating applied to interior device components to help them resist water damage, is performed during the manufacturing process and is invisible to the user.

    It is difficult to know how serious the company's discussions with Apple are, and any substantial conversations would almost certainly be subject to non-disclosure arrangements. In addition, expo floor exhibitors are of course primarily interested in promoting their products, and any mention of discussions of partnerships with major companies is a good way to generate publicity.

    Consequently, it is impossible to put any measure of weight on speculation that Apple might adopt HzO technology, but it does appear to be an interesting possibility for mobile device manufacturers seeking to improve the durability of their products.

    Article Link: HzO 'Talking to Apple' About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones
  2. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    This is an example of a company that would make sense for Apple to just outright buy. The iPhone being waterproof would be a *major* selling point.
  3. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
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    I think this would also be awesome. Many people I know seem to shy from smart phones in general because they feel they are "fragile." Maybe it's the rural area?

    But I'm wondering if this coating has heat dissipation issues?
  4. timotay89 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    iPad and iPod too!
  5. emvath macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    This would have saved me a good chunk of money a year ago. :eek:

    Please include this apple (and everyone else)!
  6. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    Looks interesting. That would be a really strong selling point for me if it were to be included.
  7. drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
  8. Dainin macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2009
    Could be some downsides.. I really hope Apple seriously takes a look.
  9. DrJohnnyN macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    California and Texas
  10. dgree03 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Why wait?


    Its already being done, I am going to send my wifes phone to try it out! Women who put phones in their back pocket, then us the bathroom, guess where the phone ends up?
  11. lifeinhd macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
    Unfortunately, Apple would rather you just buy a new phone if you get yours wet :(
  12. jclardy macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    I wonder how waterproof this stuff can make a phone. I am wondering because it would be a cool feature to allow underwater videos to be taken, but I am guessing it can only be submerged a few feet.

    Of course, you would have to already have the camera app open as I don't think the capacitive touchscreen will work while submerged.
  13. daxomni macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2009
    It makes even more sense to buy them outright and then sit on the patents while selling new phones to anyone with warranty-killing water damage.
  14. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    For those of you that think this is so 'revolutionary' you need to just google conformal coatings. This has been done for years, and is nothing new, exciting or groundbreaking at this point. I have been water cooling computers for almost 15 years now and have used conformal coatings you can spray out of a can that work just as the video with the iphone. I LOL'd at "these guys just hit the lottery" :D Trust me, Apple has known about conformal coatings forever, they are not stupid and like I said it is nothing new. There are potential downsides, one is that it can help to retain heat...
  15. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Wow. That is awesome. Would be a very cool addition to any portable electronic device.
  16. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I’d be a little afraid to be an early-adopter manufacturer, and discover the 1-in-1000 problems (smell? fire? warranty/legal headaches? demons?) multiplied by millions of users... but I hope there aren’t any such issues, and that everything starts to use this!

    I’m surprisingly compelled to put my iPhone in the toilet, and right now, it's impractical for me to do so. :(
  17. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    This would be incredible, too many iPhones have died at the hands of water. A friend of mines died when it was in his gym bag, and his water bottle leaked.
  18. BobbyRond macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2011
    The Hague, The Netherlands
    Cool as this technology may be, there will most certainly be people who consider charging your electronic device in the bathtub is a safe thing to do...

    Maybe something the tech companies should also take into account... :D
  19. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    This is nothing new. Search for Golden Shellback a company that was trying to market this in 2008. The technology works incredibly well and it has for years.

    These are just various vapour deposit polymer coating processes that companies are trying to brand and mass market. These technologies have been used for years to waterproof medical electronics.
  20. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    I think this means there is almost no chance Hz0 will have anything to do with the iPhone 5.

    Apple's partners keep their mouths shut. HzO surely knows this. So this sounds like a desperate ploy to get attention from other manufacturers.
  21. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    This sounds like it will be a step above the current Droid Razr's water resistance.
  22. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    good call. this place is only an hour away from me. thanks!


  23. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Does that protect the iPhone against jobbies too?
  24. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    This is so cool... there's no way in hell Apple's ever gonna do it. :(

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