New iPhone could be waterproof, according to patent filed

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It has been rumoured that Apple will be producing a waterproof iPhone. This prediction is based on on the fact that the company has been granted a patent – published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office – suggesting its future will be waterproof.

The patent in question was filed for a “method for color balancing underwater photography”. In other words, Apple wants their devices to be able take photographs underwater. Specifically, the new phones should be able to remove “undesirable tints without removing the tint of the water itself” which would result in more realistic colouring in photographs.

If the patent does indeed turn out to be acted upon, Apple will be playing catch-up to other smartphone manufacturers, such as Samsung, who have already been producing waterproof devices.

It comes ahead of an expected overhaul of the smartphone by Apple in 2017 – the iPhone’s tenth anniversary.

In other presumed developments, the headphone jack is predicted to be excluded from the new iPhone by most industry experts. The lightning port will be expected to serve as the 3.5mm jack replacement, with many companies already producing headphones to fit this port.

It was initially thought that Apple was set to launch three different smartphones. However, according to a report by Bloomberg, this has been reduced to two, which would follow the standard set with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and then later the 6S and 6S Plus.

It has also been reported that the iPhone 7 will be similar in appearance to the previous iterations – with the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens as the 6 and 6S.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be released on 23 September, according to a leaked retail schedule from the US network AT&T.

With a release date set to be in time for Black Friday, it is thought that Apple could be relying on the launch to boost its holiday sales.