Apple is reportedly working on a new display technology. Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 11 could be able to detect where your fingers are touching the display even when it’s submerged in water.
Every iPhone since the iPhone 7 has been billed as “water-resistant“, with an IP67 rating, meaning it can survive being dunked in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. The latest iPhone XS has an improved IP68 rating, meaning it can survive a dunk of up to 2 metres.
“So if you happen to be hanging by the pool, drop your phone in the water, don’t worry, dive down, grab it, rinse it, let it dry, you’ll be fine,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief.
But while current iPhones can handle being submerged, they don’t actually work underwater – so you can’t tap and scroll in the pool, for example.
This is because water conducts electricity, so smartphones can’t tell the difference between the water touching the screen and the touch from your fingertips.
It’s not yet clear how this would work, but would probably make use of Apple’s 3D Touch technology, which can detect pressure on the screen.
Apple is expected to release three iPhone models in 2019 – a 5.8 inch model, a 6.1 inch model and a whopping 6.5 inch model with a triple rear camera system.