The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus didn’t change too much in design compare to its predecessors, instead opting for a few iterative improvements. One of the additions was an IP67 rating that protected against dust and water. That was nice and all, but Apple is ready to improve on that figure already.
According to a report from The Korea Herald, Apple is bumping up the waterproof design in its next iPhone to IP68. This new level of waterproofing matches Samsung’s effort in its Galaxy S7.
The “6” in IP68 means the phone is dustproof; nothing will change with this. The “8” means it’ll withstand more time under water—up to 1.5 meters in depth and 30 minutes of submersion. The iPhone 7’s IP67 design is only able to be submerged between 15 centimeters and 1 meters under water. The improvement is not life changing, but it is a welcomed one in case your iPhones takes a dive off the deep.
A nice addition, but it’s still not covered under warranty
Apple is upselling the iPhone 7’s water-resistant design with their latest round of ads, but it’s not all magic. Apple Care doesn’t cover water damage for the iPhone 7 and probably won’t with the next iPhone.
It’d be nice to have the extra layer of warranty protection, but alas we don’t get it. One of our video editors had his own mishap while testing out his new iPhone 7 Plus that resulted in water damage that ended up costing him $300.