This is sure to cause a splash!
A U.S. patent application reveals that Apple has been working on a waterproof smartphone for some time.
Just a few months after Samsung relased its waterproof Galaxy S5, Apple filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Sept. 4 for “methods for shielding electronic components from moisture,” which details plans to waterproof the inside of the phone rather than the casing on the outside.
The patent explains how it works as applying a hydrophobic coating to various circuit boards via a “plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) process,” so that the electronics inside the phone won’t be susceptible to damage by moisture, 8News affiliate WABC reports.
At this time, it’s unclear if this waterproofing method has thus far been put into use, or if will be available for the iPhone 7, or any other Apple products.
It is also unknown if Apple will address this development at the special “Spring Forward” event that takes place Monday, though it is expected that the event will mostly be covering the final details of the Apple Watch.