iPhone 8 Said to Feature IP68-Rated Water Resistance

iPhone 7 files as Apple’s first smartphone with IP67-rated dust and water resistance, but the next iPhone should be even more water resistant. According to The Korea Herald on Friday, unnamed industry sources in the know have stepped forward saying iPhone 8 will feature the IP68 rating protection.


iPhone 7 has waterproofed components like the buttons, the chassis and the SIM tray, giving it an IP67 rating which means that the handset can survive being submerged in about a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
“Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the IP68 rating protection as part of drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year,” an industry source told The Investor on condition of anonymity.”
To compare devices, the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is IP68-rated, can withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 and its IP67 rating means it can withstand 1 centimeter up to 1 meter of water. It should not be surprising then that the initial report also suggests the upcoming Galaxy S8 will also be IP68-rated.

At CES earlier this month LG showed off its upcoming XCalibur smartphone which has an IP68 rating. LG’s forthcoming G6 flagship, expected to be formally announced at the Mobile World Congress in February, is also expected to be waterproof.

 


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