One of the biggest bullet points in the feature’s list for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is water resistance, something that Apple has marketed quite well since the flagships released late last year.
But those devices are “only” IP67-rated, which means they are one step down from the best possible water and dust resistance a smartphone can get right now. The Korea Herald recently reported that the upcoming “iPhone 8” will boast IP68-rated water and dust resistance:
“Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the IP68 rating protection as part of drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year,” an industry source told The Investor on condition of anonymity.”
To compare devices, the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is IP68-rated, can withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 and its IP67 rating means it can withstand 1 centimeter up to 1 meter of water. It should not be surprising then that the initial report also suggests the upcoming Galaxy S8 will also be IP68-rated.
The bump up in rating for water resistance will certainly be a noteworthy move for Apple, especially for the upcoming iPhone 8.