Apple looks set to make its forthcoming iPhone 7 both waterproof and dustproof. A report from Taiwan, citing supply chain sources, says that the Cupertino company has just completed its latest testing on the new device.
The rumour mill has churned through a series of reports suggesting Apple was looking to make its next iPhone more durable.
The current iPhone 6s is not officially waterproof, although teardowns have revealed that internal components are protected from water damage with special rubberised materials. Tests have also shown that the iPhone 6s can withstand lengthy periods in clear water.
The same report also suggests Apple may use a touch sensitive home button on the iPhone 7, replacing the physical Touch ID module. This would allow for fewer places to let in liquid, as well as give Jony Ive’s design team the chance to give the iPhone 7 a new look.
Apple’s rivals, including Samsung and Sony, have already released handsets which are fully waterproof and dustproof. The move would give the iPhone 7 a major selling point at a time when overall iPhone sales are in decline.
Recent rumours have suggested that the iPhone 7 will not be a major upgrade on current models, with Apple said to be priming a new look for 2017 instead.