Looks like the rumors could be true.
Apple on Tuesday secured a U.S. patent for liquid-resistant audio port, a move in-line with suggestions the company is eyeing water- and dust-proofing technology for upcoming versions of its iPhone handset.
According to the patent, the design utilizes an “umbrella section” in between the acoustic port and any openings in its housing. The umbrella would redirect any liquid that enters through the holes away from the outer mesh of the acoustic device to help reduce pressure on the components and thus mitigate potential damage.
Apple is also reportedly working on other water- and dust-proofing technology, including device ports covered in a “self-healing elastomer.”
Though there is no way to tell for sure when – or if – Apple plans to introduce the feature, but the addition of water- and dust-proofing would help it match similar features offered on Samsung’s new Galaxy S7.
Water resistance is currently offered on Apple’s Watch, but not on the company’s handset line.