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 8’s improved water resistance is “part of drastic upgrades” marking the 10th anniversary of the device, sources told the Korean newspaper.

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.

If certified with a higher IP68 dust and water-resistance rating, iPhone 8 will be able to handle submersion for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water. In IP ratings, the first number denotes the level of dust-proofing while the other indicates water-proofing. Higher numbers indicate better protection (0 means no protection is provided).

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are currently the only smartphones on the market with an IP68 rating. However, water damage is not covered by Samsung’s warranty unless customers opt for its Protection Plus extended warranty plan.

Liquid damage, which happens when water makes its way into a device and wreaks havoc through corrosion, is not covered under Apple’s standard 1-year warranty either.

According to the Cupertino company, “splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.” For example, a SIM tray might get damaged by dirt and debris and in turn reduce the phone’s water resistance and increase the risk of water damage.

Samsung is said to be considering water protection for its more affordable J-series phones as well, including the A3, A5 and A7 that were recently unveiled. Meanwhile, LG and some Chinese makers are also joining the race.

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.

Source: The Korea Herald

  • SpideyRules

    It’s going to be a year’s worth of rumors. iPhoneApple reporting sites must love these months leading up to a new device release…

    • jOn Garrett

      lol, totally.

      On the Android side there’s something new and exciting every month.

  • Natalie

    “like Samsung’s Galaxy S7”
    Keeping in mind that the iPhone 7 lasted longer underwater and at a greater depth than the S7. So will probably be better than the S7.

    Also, is this one of “Analyst” rumors where they state the obvious? Like really?

    I’m going to do my own;
    “iPhone 8 rumored to have a more powerful processor than the iPhone 7 called the “A10″ chip”
    Pls, send me my paycheck to PayPal 😀

    • askep3

      iPhone 8″s actually gonna have the “A11” Chip, send the paycheck to my paypal

      • Rowan09
      • Natalie

        Nuu! Don’t out beat my rumor! Gimmie my money! lol
        Will be interesting to see if they next iPhone will have the A11 or not. Depending if they do a massive redesign or not.

      • askep3

        Hold up is your icon mei from overwatch

      • Natalie

        No, She’s Watanabe You from Love Live!.

      • askep3

        Oh yeah they might do something different for post 10 processors

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Galaxys7 is IP68

      You seem to have a problem with ratings for non-Apple devices… surprise, surprise

      • Natalie

        The “rating” is the same but it seems that Apple has under rated their product. Pretty sure they could have slapped the IP68 rating on the iPhone 7 and the tests results would have still been better than the Galaxy.
        Just because someone says their device will last for 6 hours doesn’t stop it from lasting upwards of 6 😉
        Surprise, surprise lol

      • Lars Jeppesen

        Why didn’t they then?

        It’s like saying my Galaxy S7 lasts 200 hours but I choose to charge daily.

        And really the iPhone has 8gb ram but they just chose to hide them.

        Just get over the fact that your iPhone only has IP67 and move on

      • Natalie

        Probably because they wanted to play it safe and 100% guarantee that their devices wouldn’t fail at a certain depth?
        You can go and look at all the water test videos if you’d like.

        And since you’re being a dick…

        Just get over the fact your Samsung has shit performance and move on.

        Actually, that’s mean. Let me rephrase, Apple wants their devices to actually have credit in being able to do what it says on the box. If their phones say they’ll last a minimum of 7 within the first 5000 charge cycles, they will and probably up to 6000 cycles. Not that Samsung’s phones will last a minimum of 7 hours within the first 5000 cycles and actually degrade after 5001.
        Apple just wants to play it safe. Safe = happy customers

    • jOn Garrett

      Who told you it lasts longer? Someone’s video with details you don’t know or from your own use?

      • Natalie

        I’ve tested my own iPhone, I haven’t had a Galaxy to compare it to personally but all the video’s I’ve seen do keep have very similar results (taking out the salt water tests) So I can confirm some credibility.

  • your dad

    meh.. I still prefer Samsung note 7

  • Cutty636

    Actually Samsung is not the only smartphone with ip68 rating. The Cat S60 smartphone also boasts an ip68 rating FYI.

  • TechToch

    galaxy s7 is not even the first phone to have ip 68 rating !

    • jOn Garrett

      “Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are currently the only smartphones on the market with an IP68 rating.”

      Reading comprehension is key?