iPhone 8 To Feature Better IP68 Water Resistance Than iPhone 7

Apple’s iPhone 8, expected to be released sometime in September and set to celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, also likely to carry a higher water resistance rating than the current iPhone 7, according to a new report by The Korea Herald.

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When compared, the iPhone 7 packs a rating of IP67, allowing for submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter (3.28 feet) for up to 30 minutes. If this new report is anything to become accurate, the iPhone 8 will carry a rating of IP68.

As Samsung Galaxy S8 is also rumored to feature a highest level of water and dust resistance technology. Whilst almost identical to IP67, the IP68 rating allows for submersion in water at a depth of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for up to 30 minutes. This difference may not seem to be a big one, but if you manage to drop your iPhone 7 into water deeper than the IP67 rating allows, then, it goes wrong, we reckon you’d be very pleased with that IP68 rating anyhow.

There’s only one smartphone right now from a major manufacturer on the market that carries the beefier IP68 rating, and you guessed it, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7. As said, Samsung does expect to launch more water resistant smartphones in the coming months, with the Galaxy S8 expected to be unveiled at MWC 2017, Apple’s iPhone 8 will have plenty of high-end competition in this particular area during the same timescale when it is announced later this year.

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Apple’s iPhones already had some form of unofficial water resistance since the iPhone 6s. That device unfortunately did not have any form of official coverage for such things, many found that the device did indeed survive a lengthy dunk underwater due to Apple’s use of various new design choices, including use of seals around its internals as well as the edges of the chassis.

To prevent liquid damage, Apple doesn’t even recommend that iPhone 7 owners purposely expose their devices to water. Liquid damage isn’t covered under the standard warranty, after all. As Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is already IP68 certified, only able to handle submersion for 30 minutes in 15 meters of water. Also recently unveiled its mid-range Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 – all of which carry the same IP68 certification. Also Read: Samsung Announces Galaxy A3 (2017), A5 (2017) And A7 (2017) Water-Resistant Phones [Updated]

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By means. The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to officially have any sort of water and dust resistance, and it’s a very safe bet that the iPhone 8 will follow suit.

(Source: The Korea Herald)

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