Apple’s unheralded measures to waterproof iPhone 6S family revealed

iPhone 6 PlusLast week it emerged that Apple has apparently added a number of waterproofing features to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, without actually telling anyone about doing so, presumably as a trial run for a fully waterproof iPhone 7.

Now the iFixit team has taken the new handsets apart to look for evidence of Apple’s secretive efforts to protect the iPhone 6S range from liquid spills. They have found a number of features that have never appeared on previous Apple flagships.

The most important addition is a small but significant gasket which runs all the way around the iPhone and, effectively, prevents liquid from entering the point at which the front and back of the device join with one another.

Not only is this gasket in place, but Apple has also sealed the connectors on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus motherboard, so that even if some water does seep into the body of the device, it should not result in nearly as much damage as would otherwise be the case.

So while it is still a good idea to keep the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus high and dry, the devices which do inevitably end up in the drink will not be as prone to damage as previous generations.

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