According to the latest rumors, your next iPhone might actually be waterproof. New reports from a research firm, cited by Taiwans Commercial Times and subsequently summarized by DigiTimes (via AppleInsider), suggest that Catcher Technologies is working on the waterproof chassis and will supply about 30 to 35 percent of the component for the upcoming iPhone 7.
The reports also indicate that Catcher Technologies is developing new compound materials to help conceal the devices antennas, but no other sources have mentioned changes to that component of the iPhone 7. Its possible that the antenna could be integrated into the chassis itself. The suggestion of new materials also might mean the rumors of Apple abandoning the metallic casing used since the iPhone 5 are true.
The possibility of a waterproof iPhone 7 has been floated before (no pun intended), and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are already more water-resistant than their predecessors. This is thanks to an added gasket and various silicone seals, but going completely waterproof would involve considerably more redesign work.
What Catcher Technologies has to do is figure out how to seal off all of the ports, switches, and buttons on the handset. Somecases accomplishthis with gasketed inserts, but the sleek and svelte form factor of the iPhone is always compromised by the waterproofing.
How Apple could produce a waterproof iPhone without making the device look less appealing may be a challenge, but its one that Samsung has managed to some extent with its Galaxy Active handsets. Only time will tell if that is truly Apples intent, since the new device probably wont be announced until September 2016.