Apple took its time in bringing major water and dust resistance to its smartphone lineup, long enough that when it finally did add the feature with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, it was welcomed with plenty of fanfare.
Apple actually improved that water and dust resistance with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, bumping up the rating to IP68, which means both of Apple’s newest smartphones are capable of being submerged in up to 2 meters of water for up to 30 minutes and retain functionality. That’s a good bullet point to have on the features list, to be sure, and it looks like Apple’s happy enough with it to keep it around for another year.
That’s according to the latest investor’s note from long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, was reported on Monday by Economic Daily News. The investor believes that Apple will retain the same water and dust resistance rating for the 2019 iPhone lineup that the company introduced with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
Technically speaking, the IP68 rating is as high as the standard goes for mobile devices, but the parameters can change slightly. As mentioned above, the iPhone XS lineup can be submerged up to 2 meters, but the specification actually supports devices that can be submerged up to 3 meters. So while Apple could make it possible for the next generation iPhones to go even deeper under water, that will apparently not be the case.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but at least we aren’t hearing that Apple is, for whatever reason, taking away the IP68-rated water- and dust-resistance away from future iPhones. As far as the rumor mill is concerned with Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup, we’ve now got this water-resistant rumor to add to the mix, following along with rumors that we won’t see a 3D-sensing rear camera in the new lineup, and that the devices won’t boast a fingerprint reader on the display itself.