iPhone 7 rumored to be waterproof, hide the antenna bands

By , Dec 29, 2015

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According to a new supply chain rumor out of Taiwan, Apple’s ‘iPhone 7’ will be waterproof and feature a brand new antenna-concealing technology that will hide those unsightly antenna bands which iPhone 6/6s owners have been complaining about.

As reported this morning by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, Apple’s supplier Catcher Technologies will provide the iPhone 7 chassis which is said to be waterproof and use “new compound materials”.

Citing a report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times newspaper, which itself cites a report from a research firm, DigiTimes wrote that Apple’s next-generation iPhone “will be water-proof and use new compound materials to hide the antenna.”

Catcher’s supply is expected to account for 30-35 percent of the new iPhone’s shipments as the company is to remain the largest chassis supplier for new iPhones.

The report also states that iPhone shipments are expected to drop 30 percent sequentially in the first quarter of 2016, following Apple’s traditionally blockbuster holiday quarter sales. Catcher, which also makes the Unibody chassis for MacBooks, earns as much as sixty percent of its consolidated revenues from Apple.

Source: DigiTimes

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  • Jerry

    The 6s is waterproof so that part was a given. I use my phone in the rain all the time. Never submerged it tho but saw a video where someone did. My friend found a 6s submerged in water on the street, he said it was in fully working conditioned and returned it to the owner

    • Cristian B

      the 6s is not waterproof. all apple did was increase its water resistance. but it is far from being waterproof.

    • Newgunnerr

      Waterproof is different from water resistant

      • Jerry

        That’s what I meant *

    • :D

      That’s nice of him/her

    • Ali G

      I use my 6 Plus in the rain all the time lol. That’s called water resistance. Water proof means it can be fully submerged so your statement doesn’t really mean much and the video below was most likely faked as in the iPhone was probably sealed with Liquipel or something of that sort.

  • Jon20

    I sure hope to make it. I know the thickness increased on the S models because of the 3D Touch screen. And making it thinner would probably bring it back to the original 6/6+ model ( which is what I have) but I was comparing it to my Siri remote and it is pretty much almost as thin, which I think would be hard to handle.

    • Ariel Okhtenberg

      Well with the rumors that are going around that it will have its headjack slot removed, it should be thinner.

      • Eisenhorn1976

        I read somewhere (I think it was on Cult of Mac or 9to5Mac) that, at best, removing the headphone jack would reduce thickness by 1mm — which means that removing the headphone jack would simply revert the 6s Plus to the thickness of the 6 Plus. Doesn’t seem like much of an improvement.

        Maybe losing the jack will enable Apple to add a slightly bigger battery?

    • Jerry

      Read before you comment. I fixed my statement and that video isn’t fake AND my friend found a phone fully submerged in the water in fully working condition that he returned to its rightful owner.

      • Jon20

        I think your replying back to the wrong person bud.

  • tariq

    They finaly following Sony steps!! Yay!

    • Jon20

      What do you mean?

      • Shinonuke

        Sony Xperia is waterproof.

      • water-resistant.

      • Shinonuke

        Please refer to Sony’s website as it is quoted “water proof”

      • Its called a lie… All companies do it nothing new.. Trust me its not “proof”..

      • Shinonuke

        Not sure where you get this notion but I’ll add that even Samsung advertise their phones properly whether it’s water resistance, like galaxy S line, and water proof, like the galaxy active line. You can make claims like how these companies do. At least, these commoners are more credible.

      • “Phone Tech”Jay has seen water damaged “waterproof Sony’s”

      • Shinonuke

        It could be true in your case but Sony product is man made and nothing have ever been produced that’s 100%. I am sorry that your Sony was not as advertised but that doesn’t mean that it is like that for everyone else. I have to add that my iPhone 6s Plus sucks compared that my previous iPhones. There are so much issues with this one but I am too lazy to get it replaced. I can only guess that I am one of the unlucky ones

      • Read the lines exactly.. I am a phone tech, it was not my personal phone.. Only thing I’m saying is that no the phones aren’t proof, no company is perfect and don’t go by what they advertise.

      • Shinonuke

        Understood

      • tariq

        Sony has an Xperia line up with all the waterproof phones (or water resistant, which ever u prefer)

  • Mohāmmèd Âłî

    What i want from the next IPhone :
    – same design as the IPhone 4 , yes i mean it , i just want the IPhone 4 with a 5.5″ display.
    – better battery ,10 hours of SOT , ( i know , highly unlikely)
    And finally, enough is enough, IOS doesn’t take advantage of the big 5.5″ display, do something about it……true multitasking and higher DPI sounds like a great way to start.

    • Eisenhorn1976

      Actually, a 5.5″ iPhone 4/4s-type design sounds great. That glass back, though…

    • rockdude094

      I’d say similar design language as the 4 with smaller bezels and a matt finish on the aluminum and 32 gb as the base model.

  • 5723alex .

    “antenna bands which iPhone 6/6s owners have been complaining about”

    Most of iPhone (and other smartphone users) use cases to guard their phones so no one ever sees those antenna bands anyway.

  • No Bezels; wireless charging; waterproof; improved battery would be nice.

  • Dao Sasone

    Apple you know we all want a bigger and better battery life