iPhone 7 Will Be More Waterproof Than iPhone 6S: Foxconn Insider

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are going to be available in stores on September 16, at least that’s what famous tipster Evan Blass says. It means the phones will be announced sometime in early September. The iPhone 7 was rumored to be waterproof, especially considering the iPhone 6S had limited waterproofing capabilities. Now a Weibo posting (via Phone Arena) has revealed iPhone 7 features and specs as detailed by a Foxconn insider.

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Image Credit: XiamingToday / Weibo / Phone Arena

iPhone 7 to be available in space black?

If the Weibo posting is to be believed, the upcoming device will be more waterproof than the iPhone 6S. But it won’t come with IP68 certification rating, meaning it won’t have high level of protection from water. On the other hand, Samsung’s flagship devices like Galaxy S7 have IP68 certification rating, allowing them to be submerged for up to 30 minutes in five feet of water.

We reported last week that Apple will include a capacitive home button in the iPhone 7. It won’t click physically when you press it, but it will simulate the feeling of a click with haptic feedback. The Foxconn insider says the new home button would enhance the waterproofing capability of the iPhone 7. The Weibo post adds that the iPhone 7 will also be available in Space Black color besides the usual gold, rose gold and silver.

China Unicom teases iPhone 7 in new ad

Separately, a couple of ads from the Chinese telecom major China Unicom tease the iPhone 7 Plus in four different colors: gold, rose gold, silver, and metallic blue. There is no space black color option, which contradicts the report from Foxconn insider. However, the authenticity of the China Unicorn is questionable. Apple is widely expected to antenna bands to the edges of the iPhone 7. The ad shows traditional antenna placement.

Image Credit: China Unicom / Phone Arena

The Foxconn insider confirmed that there will be no 3.5mm headphone jack. Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to begin on September 9. Apple is said to unveil the next iteration of the Apple Watch alongside the new iPhones.