Apple’s new iPhone 8 will have waterproof and wireless charging features. According to the company’s supplier Winstron, a Taiwanese assembler of iPhones this will be the first device to sport such features. Given that Apple is known for being secretive about its upcoming products, the new is somewhat a surprise to many and it is likely to cause a lot of anticipation.
The tech giant jumped into the industry group Wireless Power Consortium earlier this year, a move, which has finally yielded fruits. The device will now be competing with the likes of Samsung’s flagship phones; the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8, which have similar features.
But will the iPhone challenge its rivals?
The company’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus already have the water resistant feature thus they can handle splashes, dunks, and floods but they are not waterproof. Nonetheless, with the new feature, it seems like the iPhone is set to face its new challenge; the IP68 rating of Samsung’s Galaxy S7, which is said have the highest level of water protection.
Apple is expecting to blow the market with its waterproof iPhones. However, Robert Hwang, the CEO of Winstron says, “Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.”
The new technology will require aluminum backings
Some speculations are already revealing how the new device will look like. The presence of the new technology will come me in handy in the production of iPhones with aluminum backings. Apparently, this will hit back on the cost of production, which is likely to increase and primarily on the new 3D touch sensors.
The new iPhone is expected in the market a week or two after IFA, a major technology conference in Germany. It is the 10th-anniversary gift for Apple consumers and reports have it that it will be in two sizes 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. Other rumored features include a fingerprint scanner, which will be directed into the screen.