It’s way past time for every smartphone to be waterproof

“Everyone has a story about the time they jumped into the pool with their phone in their pocket, or dropped it in the toilet, or spilled a beer on it. In every case, that was the death of their phones,” David Pierce writes for Wired. “And yet somehow, waterproofing is a niche and surprising feature for smartphones.”

“The majority of today’s smartphones can’t handle even a five-second dip in the sink or the toilet. There are too many cracks, holes, and ports where water can squeeze itself in. There are, of course, options for those who crave waterproofing: stick on a fat innertube of a case, buy a phone made by a construction company, or just go with the good ol’ Ziploc bag,” Pierce writes. “That’s not good enough. Not even close. Your phone’s one of the most expensive things you own, and it’s almost certainly the device most full of important memories and information. It goes everywhere with you, or at least you’d like it to. (You know you’d take your phone in the shower if you could.) Yet we’re all one back-pocket slip or super-humid day from it all just disappearing.”

MacDailyNews Take: No! Maybe is Fragmandroidland, but people who have real iPhones and who back them up can simply get a new iPhone, restore it, and have all of their “important memories and information” with no problem.

“Part of its logic for removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 is reportedly that it makes it easier to seal the device as well. Maybe if the next iPhone is also resistant to water and Coke and every other liquid, Tim Cook will talk about it,” Pierce writes. “And you can bet that if Cook gets on stage next week and dunks an iPhone 7 in a bowl of water, waterproof phones will be everywhere in an instant. Fingers crossed.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, serious water-resitance for iPhone (IP68) is overdue. Here’s hoping!

At their next iPhone event, Tim Cook should walk onstage, drop the new iPhone into a tank of water, and proceed with the presentation. At the end, after two hours or so, he should fish it out, turn it on, show it works, and thank everyone for coming. — MacDailyNews, July 8, 2016

Consumer Reports: Samsung phone not actually water-resistant – July 8, 2016
Apple granted a waterproofing patent for liquid contact sensors – May 10, 2016
Apple’s next-gen ‘iPhone 7’ to be waterproof, sources claim – May 2, 2016
iPhone 7 rumors: Apple patent application reveals water-resistant smartphone speakers – February 5, 2016


  1. I shower with my iPhone almost everyday. Weird, I know, but I do. I stand under the stream of hot water while reading news/FB, then turn on a radio stream, set it on the high corner shelf, and shower to the tunes. I’ve done so for many years now, and have never had a problem.

    (I’m also very cautious, and wouldn’t recommend this to most people, especially my own family!)

  2. I dont understand the logic from a business standpoint. This is a major cash cow, along with breakage (dropped iphone, etc.)
    Why would they take away this revenue stream? If I was a investor, I’d be pissed. We want people to break their phones or dunk them, so we can charge them an arm and a leg to get them fixed. Even better is when their phones are stolen! Then they have to go buy a new one at full price! Win Win for Apple!

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