The next big thing for smartphones is: waterproofing? What? You didn’t know? Yes, you read that right and it is exactly what a rumor making the rounds on tech blogs is saying.
The rumor comes via Today’s iPhone (TiP) which says that the next iPhone, the Apple iPhone 5, and the next Samsung flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, will be waterproof thanks to technology developed by Liquipel.
However, TiP says that this is a rumor albeit coming from a source which the site described as someone “who has been correct in the past”. He’s been correct in telling TiP the launch dates of the white iPhone 4 and the launch of the iPhone 4S, as the site clearly states. Anyway, this source apparently is “well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone retailers.”
Those of you who do not know Liquipel, watch these videos courtesy of Liquipel:
In a nutshell, here’s the company’s explanation of their technology:
Liquipel is a revolutionary process that applies a waterproof coating to your electronic devices to protect them in the event of accidental exposure to liquids. It is not visible to the human eye, virtually undetectable and Liquipel will not compromise the look, feel, and performance of your electronics.
Liquipel penetrates the entire device as a whole, including all of the vital components inside and out to provide optimal protection against accidental contact with liquids.
Here’s the explanation on video:
Anyway, TiP’s source apparently said that the Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 “both will have had Liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance”.
Personally, I think if all phones and tablets had this (although it would invariably always start with the flagship models) it would be great. You don’t exactly know when you’ll spill coffee on you prized smartphone or when a sudden downpour catches you without an umbrella only to find out when you’re home that your phone is soaking wet like you are.
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