Last month we reported that the iPhone 5 might come with HzO coating which would make the device waterproof. Now we’re hearing that the iPhone 5 won’t be coming with the HzO coating after all–rather, according to a source that has proven to be reliable in the past, the iPhone 5 will ship with Liquipel waterproof coating pre-applied.
What’s more, the iPhone 5 reportedly won’t be the only nor the first device to come with pre-applied Liquipel as it’s rumored by the same source that the Samsung Galaxy S III will also come with the coating. The Galaxy S III should hit stores before the iPhone 5, with a spring 2012 release planned for the Samsung phone.
Changes in Insurance Wording Indicate Waterproof iPhone 5
The source, an unnamed person involved in U.K. retail, told Today’s iPhone that “both (the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5) will have had Liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.” The change in wording is necessary, as current phone insurance plans generally do not cover water damage; however, if the phone is considered to be a water-proof device, this would mean that, in theory, any water damage to the water-proof phone would be considered a defect with the phone itself. This would mean that water damage to a water-proof phone like the iPhone 5 would be covered by insurance.
How Liquipel Coating Waterproofs the iPhone (and other devices)
Liquipel made their debut at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and is said to have impressed manufacturers with their waterproofing technology. According to Liquipel’s website, the waterproof coating is not visible to the human eye (it is see-through) and doesn’t make any device it is applied to any heavier.