Wish you could swim with your iPhone? Now you can -- in up to 20 feet of water.
Keystone Echo's MarineCase uses a clear silicon cover to prevent leaks and safeguards iPhones from water damage, letting users shoot underwater video and snap photographs while swimming or snorkeling. Reception, however, may be spotty as customers plumb the depths.
On the flip side, the MarineCase is a bit more cumbersome than HzO's iPhone waterproofing technology, called "Water Block," which coats each piece of circuitry in a waterproof nanocoating, although Water Block is for emergencies and accidents and not intentional, prolonged submersion. As smartphone cameras improve, users are eager to capture their experiences using the upgraded technology, so waterproof cases are gaining traction as a way to tote iPhones along in damp conditions.
Divers in Chile found a military airplane crash in the Chilean Sea using Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature, showcasing how durable the phones are even without a protective case. The Chilean iPhone's survival amazed rescuers, however, and MarineBlock or other waterproofing methods are likely necessary to salvage most water-logged electronics.
Water damage is not covered under Apple's standard warranty, and MarineCase can offer users peace of mind without sacrificing a sleek look. The MarineCase is available on Amazon for $40, and comes in black and white.