Today's gadgets are fragile - just ask anyone who's dropped their phone in a drink. Drowned phones add up to a whole lot of e-waste, but water-resistant gadgets are on their way - and Apple just unveiled two brand new ones.
E-waste is a pressing modern issue: according to the EPA, over 60 million metric tons of e-waste, or electronic waste, enters landfills every single year. iPhones and Apple Watches are among the offending devices casually tossed out each year – the company has sold over a billion of the phones but few are recycled properly. Today at their event in San Francisco, Apple their new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Both are water resistant.
Apple’s Twitter account actually leaked the detail that the iPhone 7 is water resistant. According to Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, the new enclosure on the iPhone 7 means it is water and dust resistant.
Apple COO Jeff Williams spoke about the Apple Watch Series 2: a “completely re-engineered” watch. According to Williams, while the first Apple Watch was splash-proof, the Apple Watch Series 2 is actually “swim-proof.” He said users can wear it while swimming, surfing, or even during the “occasional cannonball.”
Apple created new seals and adhesives to close entry points where water could leak into the device, but one area that was hard to seal was the speaker. According to Williams, they redesigned the speaker system so they can actually “use the speaker itself” to “eject water.” The watch won’t just be swim-proof for a lap every once and a while, but for those who swim daily. Apple tested the Watch in a simulator to see that it would last for those who swim over the course of several years, for “hundreds of thousands of strokes.”