Remember that impressive Liquipel waterproof coating for smartphones and mobile devices that was being shown off at CES? Well, according to a previously reliable source, it’ll soon be a feature present on Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 5, and Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III.
The source, for Today’s iPhone, is said to be “well-placed” within one of the U.K.’s top independent phone retailers, and reportedly provided the correct release dates for the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S before their launch. However, he provides the “latest whisperings with a side of caution,” the report notes.
He claims that Apple’s next-generation iPhone, widely believed to be called the iPhone 5, will be water repellant thanks to the incredibly impressive Liquipel coating that was on show at CES back in January. But it may not be the first device to get it. Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will also feature the same technology, he claims.
But the feature isn’t just another selling point, according to the source: “Both will have had Liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the working on the insurance.” Though he did know know what these changes would be exactly.
You may be quick to dismiss the claims because they come from a U.K. retailer and not the CEO of Liquipel, but there could well be some truth in the rumor. After all, liquid damage is one of the top causes of insurance claims, and manufacturers would undoubtedly like to rule it out.
What’s more, we already know that HzO, another company that provides a waterproof coating for mobile devices, was in talks with smartphones manufacturers — namely Apple and Samsung — to get their technology onto the latest devices. In fact, Samsung was reportedly “very excited” by the product.
When we first saw how impressive these waterproof coating from both Liquipel and HzO are, we immediately envisioned future smartphones shipping with this technology as standard. However, I must admit, I wasn’t expecting to see it so soon.
(Via Cult of Mac.)