Speculation about a waterproof Apple iPhone 7 first began circulating a few months ago, with a new report now substantiating those rumors to a certain extent. There are also hints that the phone will sport a slightly different build material than previous generations of the series.
This information comes via a research report on Catcher Technology, the largest chassis supplier for the Apple iPhone 7. According to China-based sources, the future handset will be completely waterproof. Given that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus had arrived with an improved resistance to liquids, this feature could very well be on the cards for the next series.
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Earlier reports had posited that Apple would get rid of the headphone jack for the iPhone 7. Instead, users will have to listen to music through the lightning port. Doing away with the 3.5mm jack might result in the phone becoming thinner and making it more waterproof as there would be one less way for liquids to enter.
Coming to the body of the iPhone 7, Apple may be thinking of integrating new compound materials to hide the phone’s antenna. Current models of the company’s handsets feature two strips on the back to provide connectivity. The new design (mockup image above) may spell the end of this look.
As per MacRumors, Catcher Technology will begin manufacturing the Apple smartphone late in 2016. The firm is expected to supply 30% to 35% of the new handset’s shipments, even as current iPhone shipments are expected to fall by 30% sequentially within the first half of the year.
As always, keep in mind that these ‘waterproof Apple iPhone 7’ reports are rumors and should be taken with a pinch of salt.