CUPERTINO, California (Web Desk) – Apple is likely to announce the waterproofing as a feature of its new iPhone 7 when the handset is released later this year.

Tests on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have shown that the handsets are already virtually waterproof – with reports suggesting the devices were made secretly waterproof as a test ahead of the iPhone 7’s release.

Other features rumoured to come with the iPhone 7 include wireless charging, a reversible USB port, dual rear cameras with optical zoom, fingerprint recognition on the main display.

The handsets will also have a thinner design and may do away with the home button, allowing for a bigger screen.


No more home button

“As many have speculated,” Gene Munster, an analyst with US investment bank Piper Jaffray, told clients, “the addition of 3D Touch may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone and use the additional space to make the screen bigger or make the device smaller.”

This would mean Apple would need to move the Touch ID sensor to elsewhere on the handset.

Better battery life

The introduction of Low Power Mode in the latest iOS has been a godsend for us, but Apple could be about to focus even more on battery life.

“Looking at Macs over the past few years, Apple has doubled battery life for its Macbook line up (largely five hour battery to around 10 hours),” Munster added.

“We believe battery life is one of the biggest areas of potential improvement and one that might be most welcomed by customers.”


Super-thin handset

Another analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the iPhone 7 will be the firm’s thinnest handset to date.

It could be just 6mm thick. The iPhone 6 and 6S are 6.9mm thick, and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm.

The iPhone 5S is a lot thicker, at 7.6mm.