Reports indicate that the upcoming Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 8 will possess an IP68 rating, having improved from the IP67 rating that was given to the iPhone 7. This rating means that the next iPhone will come with added resistance to water and dust.
“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 anonymous industry source is quoted as saying.
With the IP67 rating, the iPhone 7 can be immersed in a water depth of 1 meter for around half an hour. An IP68 rating, on the other hand, means that it will be possible to immerse the iPhone 8 in a water depth of 1.5 meters for around the same length of time. In spite of the IP67 rating that applies for the iPhone 7, owners are not encouraged to deliberately expose their devices to water and any resulting damage will have to be borne by the owner as Apple’s warranty does not cover water damage.
Apple cannot, however, claim leadership with this feature as some smartphones from companies such as Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) already have the IP69 rating which makes them approximately 99 percent waterproof. Already, last year’s SAMSUNG ELECTRONIC KRW5000 (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Galaxy S7 series of smartphones also have the IP68 rating.
Other than the enhanced dust and water resistance levels, the upcoming iPhone is also expected to sport various radical design upgrades in light of the fact that it will be the iconic smartphone’s 10 year anniversary. One change which has been widely speculated about is having a back cover made of glass instead of aluminum. Speculation is also rife that the iPhone 8 will have a stainless steel chassis as opposed to aluminum.
Additional reports have also indicated that the next iPhone will have an OLED display that will be bezels-free, a design feature that is reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Sources have also revealed that over 10 prototypes are being considered leading to even more uncertainty on which candidate or candidates will eventually be unveiled.
Apple Inc fell by 0.18% during Monday’s trading session to close the day at $119.04 a piece.