Patents connected to Apple and reports of upcoming alterations to its smartphones are pointing to a new iPhone that could be waterproof.  Apple patents which indicate waterproof phone intentions include:

  • editing software used for underwater technology to ensure that photos don’t have “undesirable tints”.
  • circuitry designed for “submersion detection”.
  • a “protective barrier” to cover ports.
  • a coating to stop moisture from getting through to the electronic components.

The removal of the headphone jack and the home button seem to indicate the elimination of any area that exposes the interior hardware.

Other phones have claimed waterproofing capabilities but have not stood up to tests. Apple would break new ground if they release a completely waterproof phone and promoted waterproofing as a smartphone feature.