Apple iPhone 7 will be waterproof but not feature an earphone jack?

Back in September, reports  claimed that the Apple iPhone 7 will be waterproof. It seems this rumour could be true, as Apple has filed a patent with the USPTO (patent images below) suggesting that the next iPhone will feature a system that seals off ports protecting components that are vulnerable to water damage.

Waterproof iPhone 7 with no earphone jack?

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The figures above describe a system that detects the amount of moisture around the phone, and closes ports by using shutters to protect the iPhone’s components from water damage. The system also determines when it is safe to open these shutters. The patent is called “Electronic Devices With Housing Port Shutters.”

Apple also received a patent back in March for a process that coats the components of an iPhone with a hydrophobic material. This is applied by exposing the component to fluoropolymer gas in a chamber and then applying voltage. This will allow the gas to turn into plasma, which will stick to the component. This is a similar process used by Motorola when nanocoating its smartphones.

Meanwhile, Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple is planning to make the iPhone 7 thinner. How? It is reportedly planning to do away with 3.5 mm earphone jack. If owners want to use headsets, they would have to make use of Bluetooth headsets or earphones that connect via the Lightning connector. Apple is said to be planning to bundle earpods that connect to the Lightning port. A 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter is also said to be in the works and will be sold as an accessory.

As for the iPhone 7’s other rumoured specs, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst renowned for accurately predicting anything Apple-related, says that the next iPhone will feature 3 GB of RAM and be 6 mm-thin. For reference, the iPhone 6S is 7.1 mm-thin.

So when do we get to see the Apple iPhone 7? It is less likely that Apple will release its next iPhone earlier than expected. It is likely to lift the lid and launch the iPhone 7 in September, just like it did with previous iterations of the iPhone.

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