rumor. It comes from one of our sources who has been correct in the past. Thanks to him we knew when the white iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S were going to be launched. In both instances, he was correct. That being said, he informs me of the latest whisperings with a side of caution.
The source is well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone
retailers. He states that both the next iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S
III will have Liquipel treatment. The Liquipel coating covers both
inside and outside the phones to make it water repellent, making them
less susceptible to liquid/moisture damage.
He stated “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.” When
I pressed him for the exact changes on the phone insurance documents,
he had no more information. Phone insurance altering its coverage in
reaction to an unreleased phone isn’t something I’ve come across before
in phone info leaks, but, we could be on to something here. However,
with liquid and moisture damage being among the top causes of insurance
claims, it will need changing in time for a water-proof phone’s launch.
Will liquid damage come under the standard warranty for water repellent
phones? It could almost certainly come under the exclusions list for
We know that HzO, the company behind this technology, has been in
deep discussions with major hardware manufacturers, so there could
certainly be some truth in this...We will see.