Rumours: Apple and Samsung to add IP68 water resistant feature for the next iPhone and Galaxy J Series?


While it’s a fact that Apple arrived pretty late with the water and dust resistance feature for their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it’s no doubt that their upcoming 10th Anniversary iPhone will continue to carry forward that feature and according to The Korea Herald, a news agency from South Korea; Apple is planning to upgrade it to IP68 from IP67.

In case you’re wondering if that makes any difference, it does. The “6” in the IP68 grade rating represents that the device is dust proof, while the “8” (you guessed it) means water resistant (not water proof), which allows the device to be submerged down under up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. So in comparison, IP67 is just slightly lesser than the IP68. While both have water resistance, the “7” can only go as deep as 1 meter, although that doesn’t really seem to be the case since our experience with the iPhone 7 Plus prove that it can take more water than advertised.

In other news, Samsung is reportedly to use the same IP68 grading on their next Galaxy S8 like their Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones. And that’s not all, “Samsung is considering water protection even for the cheapest J series phones as they are the best-selling Galaxy phones,”. We shouldn’t be surprised if that happens, since the current Galaxy A7 (2017)  and A5 (2017) are equipped with that feature.

Do you think all smartphone manufacturers will use IP67/68 for their devices in the future? Time will tell, stay tuned for more news at 

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