iPad 3 Not To Be Waterproof But iPhone 5 Maybe
Mobile World Congress 2012 is going on in Barcelona, Spain. Now you should forget a bigger screen or LTE in iPad 3. Many people experienced the pain of iPhone falling in water and and they all want iPhone 5 to be waterproof.
The good news is that there are now many companies who are bringing to market superhydrophobic technologies that will help make your iPhone or iPad waterproof. Do not expect a waterproof iPad 3. An iPhone 5 by the end of this year may not be possible but there is always a probability.
Apple has long been exploring new technologies that will help them make their devices more water-resistant. With the iPad 2, Apple had employed a new jack design that helped protect the tablet’s internal components from moisture. They also moved away from using internal moisture indicators to detect water damage, possibly responding to the criticism that they were too easy to set off, especially in humid climates.
The next step of Apple is making a device totally waterproof. At this year’s Mobile World Congress there are two companies slugging it out to make your future devices waterproof: HzO and Liquipel.
Apple fanboys know HzO after this year’s CES when an HzO rep famously said that Apple was talking to them about making all their iPhones waterproof. HzO said indirectly that they were in on-going talks with Apple.
“We have agreements in place with all of our partners preventing us from talking about upcoming devices,” HzO’s Director of Marketing and Sales, Rick Peterson, told Cult of Mac.
When asked whether or not the iPad 3 could be made waterproof using similar technology to HzO’s, Peterson was more up front.
“In general, it takes at least six months or more from signing a deal with a partner to the release of a device using our technology,” Peterson said. “No one was even talking about this technology six months ago, so it’s going to take a while for the first phones shipping with HzO to reach market. We hope to see some of them announced this week at Mobile World Congress, and some of these will be shipping later in the year.”
Now there is a strong possibility of may not be seen in the iPad 3, but maybe in iPhone 5, which is being expected to arrive in autumn later this year.
In the meantime, if you want a waterproof iPhone, iPad or Mac should look to Liquipel, another company that is trying to waterproof your gadgets.
They have also been tipped as a possible partner to make the iPhone 5 impervious to water. However, unlike HzO, Liquipel’s superhydrophobic coating can be applied to any device for just $59. Also, it does not need to be part of the manufacturing process.
That means for just $59, the iPhone that you have at the moment can be just as waterproof as the iPhone 5 will probably end up being. And unlike the iPhone 5, Liquipel can get your waterproof iPhone to you in less than a week. And when the iPad 3 comes out next month, Liquipel can make it waterproof too.
Source: Cult Of Mac