Next-Gen Apple Lightning Connector May Expand to Form Waterproof Seal

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a new Apple patent application that describes a next-generation Lightning connector which, upon being plugged into an iPhone or iPad, will be capable of “expanding” to form a liquid-tight seal. The expanding connector would effectively prevent water, debris, or other potentially damaging materials from permeating and […]
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Apple patent application details waterproof Lightning connector

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As the difference between “water-resistant” and “waterproof” generally comes down to whether a device can survive a splash or submersion, removing or shrinking holes can make all the difference. Having already removed headphone ports and gasketed other iPhone holes, Apple has applied to patent a new tapered Lightning connector that could narrow the opening on iOS devices until the plug is fully inserted, then seal the male and female sides shut.

The patent, originally discovered by Patently Apple, depicts a wedge-shaped male Lightning plug with a very thin insertion-side edge and a base highly similar to the current Lightning design. On the device side, the new connector would have a pliable seal that expands to expose metal contacts only when a plug is inserted. The cable would use similar material on the base of the plug or a larger portion of the plug, in either case forming a liquid-tight seal with the device once connected.

Filed in March 2017 and published today, this next-generation Lightning connector patent application is shared with two standard caveats: Apple’s patents frequently do not result in actual products, and the company often contemplates multiple possible designs including varying components and shapes. To that point, the patent application includes an alternate version of the connector with a gasketed base and more conventional shape. It’s also worth underscoring that Apple has been steadily moving towards wireless connectivity and charging solutions, so it might skip a next-generation Lightning connector to fully embrace inductive charging, leaving no holes to seal.

But if Apple does evolve the Lightning connector, the patent application spells out the reasoning for doing so: Electronic devices are increasingly indispensable and more frequently used in harsh conditions with greater damage potential, so seals can reduce or eliminate that damage. Until electronics makers are ready to go wireless-only for charging, gasketed ports and connectors will likely be the best alternative.

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Apple May be Developing a Lightning Connector With a Waterproof Seal

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When Apple (finally) introduced water resistance to the iPhone lineup, it was met with plenty of positive remarks. But there is still work that could be done to help make the iPhone safe around water. Continue reading
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The best waterproof cases for iPhone X

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In the market for a waterproof case for your iPhone X? We’ve got you covered. After sifting through hundreds of offerings, we’ve come up with a list of what we feel are the best iPhone X waterproof cases available right now. They’re durable, well-designed and we have options for every budget…. Read the rest of this post here

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Neva Tech Wi-Fi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera Review

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When most of us think of endoscopic cameras, we picture those long, dangly devices doctors use to peek inside of their patients. As it turns out, these cameras are good for more than just probing around the human body—and you don’t need a medical degree to use one. Consider all the times you needed to […]
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Sony RX0 waterproof, shockproof compact camera launched in India for Rs. 64990

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Sony recently launched the RX0, the company’s latest compact camera in India. It was introduced at the IFA 2017 in Berlin last year, has a 1.0″-type stacked 15.3 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, BIONZ X processor and a wide-angle ZEISS Tessar T 24mm F4 fixed lens to capture both RAW and JPEG stills and 4K video, full HD at 240 fps and super slow motion capture at up to 960 frames per second. It has Anti-Distortion Shutter that can shoot as fast as 1/32000 second and is waterproof at depths of up to 10 meters (33 ft) on its own, and can be used at up to 100m (330 ft) depth when paired with the new MPK-HSR1 Housing. It is also shockproof, when dropped from up to 2 meters (6.5 ft) and crushproof (1 to 200kg / 440lb / 2000N). It can be used as a standalone camera or as part of a multi-camera rig in any kind of shooting conditions. Multiple RX0s can be linked together to produce unique content like bullet-time, time-slice and many other unique styles and Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app allows up to five RX0 models to be connected and controlled wirelessly from any paired device. The Sony RX0 is …
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Great deal: UE Wonderboom waterproof Bluetooth speaker $60

Heads up savvy shoppers! Amazon is currently running a great deal on this portable, waterproof speaker from Ultimate Ears. For a limited time, you can pick up the UE Wonderboom for just $ 60, meaning you’ll save a solid $ 40 off the usual $ 100 price tag…. Read the rest of this post here

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Slim & Stylish: The Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPhone X

As expensive as the iPhone X is, you’re going to want to protect it from scratches, drops, water, dust, and more. I’ve used Catalyst cases before, so I tried the Waterproof Case for iPhone X ($ 89.99) with my daughter’s iPhone X. As protective as the Catalyst case is, it’s still surprisingly slim. The iPhone X is water resistant, but this case makes it waterproof to 10 meters.

Related: Best iPhone X Cases: Waterproof, Drop Proof & Shatterproof!

The slim design ensures the case is compatible with Qi-charging. There’s even an included lanyard, which is another way to protect your phone, as you’re less likely to drop it in the first place. My only concerns are that the rubber flap can be tricky to keep in place and it’s only sold in one color—black with clear back and front.

If you don’t need the waterproofing feature, Catalyst offers impact-protection cases, in more color choices and at less than half the price. Speaking of saving money, if you have expensive Apple AirPods, they can be easy to lose; so I’d recommend Catalyst’s Waterproof Case for AirPods, especially the Glow-In-The-Dark option. For under $ 30, you can clip your AirPods to your backpack or purse and even find them in the dark.


  • Surprisingly slim
  • Robust protection
  • Sealed ports
  • Compatible with Qi-charging
  • Optional lanyard


  • Rubber flap can be tricky to keep in place
  • Only one color

Final Verdict

Whatever your iPhone case requirements are, Catalyst can probably meet your needs. 

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Is iPhone X Waterproof or Water Resistant? We Have the Answer

Apple launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the first water resistant certified iPhone models, back in September of 2016. And though they weren’t the first waterproof smartphones to market (an award owed to Sony’s 2013 Xperia Z), Apple’s previous iPhone flagships nevertheless received one of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC’s) highest certification ratings of IP67.

Mumblings from the rumor mill leading up to their launch in September, led us to believe that Apple’s iPhone X would receive a modest boost to IP68 certification. As we’ve come to find out, though, iPhone X along with its iPhone 8 counterparts were ultimately given the same IP67 rating as their predecessors.

Is iPhone X Waterproof?

Not technically. The iPhone X is regarded as water resistant, however it can be fully submerged in shallow water for up to 30 minutes.

According to Apple, “iPhone X is splash, water and dust resistant, and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty”

IP67 vs IP68

An IPXX rating, according to the IEC, is assurance that “ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time.”

  • In the case of an IP67 certified device like iPhone X, complete water submersion is feasible — though not encouraged — for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 3.28 feet (1m). Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus are also IP67 certified.
  • An IP68 rating, meanwhile, implies the same 30 minute time restraints while upping the depth threshold to 4.92 feet (1.5m). Samsung’s high-end Galaxy smartphones achieve the IP68 rating.

You can submerge your iPhone X under water for no longer than 30 minutes. Beyond that point, and beyond a depth of 3 feet, you’re running the risk of your device sustaining serious, irreparable water damage.

  • Can I shower with iPhone X? YES
  • Can I drop an iPhone X in the bath or toilet? YES
  • Should I swim or dive with iPhone X? NO

If you were to drop your iPhone X in the toilet, bathtub, or swimming pool full of water, even if you jump in with it still in your pocket, you’ll more than likely be in the clear.

If you were to accidentally spill a water-based beverage like beer, juice, or gatorade on your iPhone X, it will more than likely continue to function — although it’ll likely be a bit sticky from the beverage residue, requiring a bit of wiping up and disinfecting on your end.

If you’re looking for tips on how to clean your sticky or soiled iPhone, be sure to check out our complete guide to cleaning and disinfecting your iPhone the natural way.

Can I Take My iPhone X Swimming?

Owners are strongly advised against taking their iPhone X for a swim. Regardless of the water type — be it a swimming pool, lake, or ocean — both iPhone X, and Samsung’s slightly more submergible Galaxy Note 8, can only go so deep.

And you definitely don’t want to start pushing those limits, particularly because the IEC’s definitive tests were conducted under strictly monitored lab conditions. Meaning it’s unlikely that your real world experience of getting iPhone wet will hold the same precedent.

Final Thoughts

While a depth of 3.26 feet (for a maximum of 30 minutes) might seem stingy to those who dreamed of embarking on a deep-sea ‘iPhone X-ploration’, it’s still deep enough (and certainly long enough) to serve the purpose for which the phone is even IP certified in the first place.

Apple published an exhaustive Support Page outlining the terms, conditions and guidelines for how best to protect your iPhone X, and how to avoid damaging its internal components via water exposure. The guidelines, of course, are meant to serve as a warning against “trying this at home” — and they should be followed in that regard, especially since your warranty depends on it!

Still, the iPhone X is basically waterproof — let’s not dismiss the raw facts over a few technicalities, shall we? While a snorkeling expedition or swim in the deep-end of the pool might be out of the question, that’s not to say you can’t enjoy your iPhone X by the water. Live it up, in fact! And with summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to get your hands on waterproofed accessories for your waterproofed iPhone.

This iPhone compatible Dual-USB Solar Charger features a rugged, water-resistant shell with built in Solar panels to help charge up your waterproof iPhone using the power of the sun. Complete with a 5,000 mAh reserve, dual USB-A ports for simultaneous charging, and LED indicators to keep you informed, this portable, water-resistant powerhouse is your perfect poolside companion. Get it here in one of four unique colors for less than $ 20.

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Portable speakers are great, but not all of them can handle tough environments. Maybe you want to listen to music in the shower, catch up on podcasts while you’re biking home, or listen to the radio at the pool. For any of those situations, or anywhere else you would need a waterproof and durable speaker, ZeroLemon has you covered with its ToughSound portable Bluetooth speaker.

The ToughSound is an IPX8-rated waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, complete with a shockproof design.

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