Apple's wild new iPhone concept looks set to make a splash

A person using an iPhone in a swimming pool
(Image credit: Getty Images / Paul Biris)

The Apple iPhone is a wonderful thing, but it's not keen on water. Liquid and high-end electronics are a bad combination, as we all know full well, and while most recent iPhones are water-resistant to varying degrees, you'd think twice about whipping out your iPhone in a torrential downpour or taking it into the shower with you. Even a spot of moisture can spoil the experience; ever tried to unlock your phone with Touch ID when you've just got out of the bath? It's a recipe for a bunch of failed attempts and finally having to tap in your access code manually (and who wants to do that?!)

Thankfully, however, a new Apple patent suggests the company is on the case with making the iPhone a lot more water-friendly. While, like most Apple patents, it's written in that special form of word salad reserved for patent applications, and talks about stuff like 'moisture events' as if that were a perfectly normal thing for a human to say, the goal is clear: an upgrade to the iPhone that'll make it perfectly usable when wet.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.