'iPhone 7' Waterproof Rumors Persist Amid Claims of Hidden Antenna Bands

Catcher Technology will remain the largest chassis supplier for the upcoming line of next-generation iPhones, tentatively referred to as the "iPhone 7," according to the China-based Commercial Times (via DigiTimes). Sources noted that Catcher's non-Apple clients, representing about 40 percent of its overall sales, will keep it going until the majority of its output begins with the manufacturing of the iPhone 7 later in 2016. In total, Catcher Technology's manufacturing supply is estimated to account for 30 to 35 percent of the shipment numbers for the iPhone 7.

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iPhone 7 concept mock-up by designer Martin Hajek

The report also mentioned the continuing rumor that the iPhone 7 may be a completely waterproof device, building on the recent momentum that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus had this year that showed improved water resistance. The Commercial Times also spoke of "new compound materials" that would be put in place to form a discreet housing for the iPhone 7's antenna, suggesting the possible removal of the bands from the back of the current iPhone generation.

As a non S-generation year, the iPhone 7 is expected to be a big step-up from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, in terms of design and functionality, when it launches next year. Besides a waterproof design and now the possibility of a hidden antenna band, another rumor suggested Apple could be phasing out the 3.5mm headphone jack for an all-in-one Lightning connector port.

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Top Rated Comments

Solomani Avatar
112 months ago
Forget water-proofing. I want one that is Government spying-proof.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sirious Avatar
112 months ago
Anyone else waiting for this iPhone?

(As in not waiting for '6c' or any other brand)
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bathplug Avatar
112 months ago
The iphones been waterproof since ios7.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
XTheLancerX Avatar
112 months ago
Please no lightning connector flap for water proofing.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aaronvan Avatar
112 months ago
All-in-one Lightning port sounds good.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NT1440 Avatar
112 months ago
^ This. I'm amazed a company renowned for design has released phones with such low design standards!
Many of those "low" standards have more to do with Apple not being able to defy physics...but you know, who cares about that right?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)