iPhone 6s under water

According to MacOtakara, a fairly accurate Japanese blog, the next iPhone could have waterproof and dust-proof features as Apple is apparently producing prototype ‘iPhone 7’ units that appear to be way more ruggedized than current models are.

In addition, the site claims that next year’s iPhone will feature a new exterior design (we knew that, since 2016 won’t be an S-upgrade year) and feature a newly designed non-metal chassis, which does sound interesting.

Citing anonymous postings on Weibo, the publication relays rumors that the iPhone 7 will adopt a chassis made from a brand new material and have “completely flat” cover glass versus a cover glass with curved edges found on the current iPhone 6s models and previous-generation iPhone 6 models.

In addition, MacOtakara itself was told that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are the last iPhone models that will use the metallic frame, suggesting a brand new antenna design for 2016 iPhones.

Luqidmetal iPhone?

The report doesn’t state what type of metal Apple might use for the next iPhone. Apple has a history of using various alloys of aluminum in its products. However, the company also holds an exclusive, worldwide license to use Liquidmetal in consumer electronics products.

Thus far, Apple only made the iPhone’s SIM ejector tool from Liquidmetal. This bulk metallic glass is very strong, lightweight and able to cast in several forms. Apple has a number of patents involving the material, so it’s obviously still a major area of interest to them.

Water and dust-proof iPhone?

Other rumors have pointed to future iPhones adopting system-in-package (SiP) design which Apple first started experimenting with on the Apple Watch. SiP squeezes all of the chips normally found on the logic board into a tiny package.

In the case of the Apple Watch, which also has water-tight gaskets, the Apple-designed ‘S1’ system-on-a-chip is encapsulated in resin to protect it from elements.

Apple S1 image 002

Not only would the SiP approach allow even thinner iPhones, but also more efficient power performance. Essentially, the SiP design has the potential to completely eliminate the printed circuit board in iPhones.

For what it’s worth, Sony’s Xperia Z4 features a waterproof rating of IPX5/8 and Samsung’s Galaxy Active has IP-68 rated waterproof and dust-proof performance.

The Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529, meaning you can wash your hands while wearing the device but should take it off while swimming and avoid submerging it in liquids.

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices are not water or dust-proof, nor is any other iPhone model before. However, a YouTube video has shown an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 6s Plus being unscathed after spending an hour submerged in bowls of water though the poster may have been using Liquipel.

Source: MacOtakara (Google Translate)

  • Merman123

    Man, can I enjoy it this $1,000 6s+ I have a bit more before thinking about the next one ? Haha

    • DevXav

      Relax, you will enjoy it..
      Next iPhone will have a “new design” and some minor changes, the real great changes will come along with 7S in 2017 semptenber 9th.

      • Fanboy 

        I think the real great changes will come with the iPhone 9 in 2020, while others disagree and think that the iPhone 10S in 2023 will have the best changes. Others are predicting the iPhone 12S will be the best.

      • Shingo

        nah i will wait 2100-ish for iphone 100

      • Fanboy 

        Good job on picking up the sarcasm

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        wait for iPhone 1001S for some ground breaking and revolutionary tech such as wireless charging, stylus and front firing speakers.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        The best IDB comment since EVER!

      • I never understood this logic. Great changes come every two years or every two generations regardless. Whether you choose s or baseline phone, if you stick with one or the other you’ll see noticeable differences. The biggest year-to-year upgrades are the software/iOS.

      • besrate hogsa

        good comment
        that is the realty of the upgrade process
        4s 5s 6s are minor changes

      • Mkondrak

        I always choose the baseline models because of the new design. Right now, hardly anyone would be able to tell the difference between my iphone 6 and the iphone 6s

      • besrate hogsa

        that is a good move
        wait for iphone 7 or 7s

    • Cristian B

      For real man! Like just spent 800 bucks on this phone. Chilllll Apple

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      will be skipping 6S Series

      • Manuel Molina

        Same. When I have a 5 to the 5S, I thought the change wasn’t worth it. The same from the 4 to the 4S. The change wasn’t worth it. The S models aren’t worth the jump if you have a baseline 7,6,5, etc. if you have an S, the baseline is tempting because of the new design look, but waiting for the S is better for the enhanced features of it.

        That’s why 2 year contracts worked for a lot of people until people wanna to upgrade every f’in year.

      • Shinonuke

        Yeah, but it depends on what you’re comfortable with. 4s got dual core and dual antenna implementation. 5s have touch security and a better software camera that is very good for photographer. 6s have 3D touch and 2gb of RAM. You pick whatever you want. I like the 6s model more. Got the iPhone this time around because I needed a phone right away. I might wait a little before getting the 6s because I just got the iPhone 6 3 months ago.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        i was using an iPhone 6 128 Gigs model and recently bought the 6plus. Im absolutely loving the plus and 3D Touch isn’t lucrative enough. ,moreover, 6S and 6S Plus are priced horribly in india, with 6 starting at 62000 INR and plus at 72000.

      • Manuel Molina

        Some people in the states(myself included) complain a lot about price for iPhones, but it’s cheaper here then most places. It’s almost crazy at the price points in other countries.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        agreed and now for a 128 GB 6s Plus I need to shell out 92000 INR whereas i got the new macbook in just 88000 INR. apple seriously need to get their pricing sorted out. of course their products are cheaper in the states but by the time they reach india they add another 200 dollar premium which is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Antonio Arguimbau

      I wonder if Apple will ever rename their iPhone series?…iPhone 10 will most likely be iPhone X

      • Anonymous

        Thats what i was thinking them might do too. Guess will see in the coming years.

      • Mkondrak

        yeah i cant imagine an iphone 27

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        you can’t imagine as it will not gonna happen for nearly 50 good year!

      • Morgan Freeman

        You really think they will still be pumping out iPhones by then? I have my doubts. They may be a mega giant corporation now, but don’t assume things will stay that way forever! 🙂

    • Jerry

      LOL I feel you. How about that water resistant iphone 6s tho? lol

      • Shinonuke

        Like its previous models, iPhone 6 and 6s is water resistance.

  • burge

    “claims that next year’s iPhone will feature a new exterior design (we knew that, since 2017 won’t be an S-upgrade year) and feature a newly designed non-metal chassis, which does sound int”

    If apple keeps with its yearly cycle of iPhones and 2016 will be the iPhone 7 so therefore 2017 will be the iPhone 7S.

    • Chris Tangler

      he is saying that the 4, 5 & 6 year models are the ones with appearance changes and the 4s, 5s & 6s models are used for internal changes and very very little on the appearance side. So basically next year is a 7 (without the “s”) and will therefore probably have appearance changes.

      • burge

        It says that 2017 won’t be a S upgrade year. 2016 will not be a S up grade phone nor will 2018 with the iPhone 8

        It should say 2016 will not be a S upgrade year. Because that’s will be the iPhone 7 and 2017 will be the 7s so 2017 will be the S upgrade year.

      • burge

        And if you now re read the post its now been corrected to 2016

  • schoeberlt

    Guys sorry for the off but I’m heading to the usa next month and i’d like to buy a macbook air but i need german keyboard, i saw that you can buy with it online but is it possible that i wall in to fifth avenue and get a mba with german keyboard? Thx

    • Jonah Emery

      Call the store?

  • Franklin Richards

    Maybe Apple will change the iPhone c collection to iPhone sp for Sport. I reckon a lot of people would pay for an iPhone that you can throw against a brick wall.

    • Shinonuke

      Then Samsung lovers will say that iPhone copy their Galaxy active phone line.

      • Franklin Richards

        Samsung wasn’t exactly the first company to make a super durable phone.

      • Shinonuke

        It’s true and they aren’t the first to do a lot of things but the general population doesn’t think that way. Samsung lovers probably still think they were the first to have the full face touch screen phone.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Carbon fiber here we come.

  • Jonah Emery

    I did notice the SIM tray was spectacularly sturdy in comparison to the others I have used.

    • Shadowelite123

      I think they mean the actual pin like tool to eject SIM cards, right?

      • Shinonuke

        Right, but I also found that iPhone SIM card holder is more study than other phones.

  • TheShade247

    Did you guys know that iPhone 6s is microwave safe. And has a fast charge feature if you put in microwave for a minute?

    • Anonymous

      Its true, i tested it.

    • Shinonuke

      Aww crap. Mine must be defective because it won’t turn on. Gotta visit Apple Store now?

  • drewjbx

    might as well wait for the 7s then…
    im done with this crap

    • Morgan Freeman

      If that’s how you wanna roll, you may as well wait for the 8S, or 9S, or you know what…just don’t buy one at all! 😉

  • 13 million 6s’s sold in just 3 days. I guess the 7 will shatter all records and hit 20 million phones!

  • tariq

    I can finally move from my Sony Xperia to iPhone! Waterproof was the only reason I ditched iPhone for Sony. But if this rumor is true, I’m really excited for the iPhone 7(:

  • Shinonuke

    iPhone xs like extra small?

    • Jon20

      It was supposed to be a play on words for EXCESS (Xs). As in too much of…

      • Shinonuke

        Oh okay make sense.