Apple iPhone 7: Concept sketch hints wireless charging and water resistance

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A man holds an iPhone 6s Plus as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at an Apple Store in Los Angeles, California September 25, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ALCORN
A man holds an iPhone 6s Plus as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at an Apple Store in Los Angeles, California September 25, 2015. Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn

Ukrainian designer Herman Haidin’s concept drawings of the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 indicate that the smartphone may sport wireless charging and full water resistance. 

In a series of graphically designed illustrations (iPhone Essence), published on, designer Herman Haidin indicated that the iPhone 7 could be completely waterproof and may get wirelessly charged.

The drawings display an iPhone constructed from "liquidmetal," which could be the base of cooling system for the smartphone. The layer of liquidmetal placed just below the display may act as a cooling agent for the handset.

Last year in August, BGR reported that Apple is looking to use innovative metal technology in its future devices including next generation of iPhones.

According to Apple World Today, "liquidmetal is the commercial name for a series of amorphous metal alloys. The special metal has high tensile strength, corrosion resistance, water resistance and better elasticity. "

Recently, there were reports that Apple may use a new anodised metal to make the exterior smoother by eliminating the camera bump found on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The tech giant is believed to incorporate ceramic materials into the design to remove the antenna bands present in the iPhone 6 lineup.

The illustrations by designer Herman Haidin also showcase the purported iPhone 7 with a five-inch display just three millimetres thick. Earlier rumours suggested that the upcoming flagship might be the thinnest iPhone ever.

Back in July, Apple filed a patent application, first spotted by Patently Apple for wireless devices with touch sensors and solar cells. The patent included the use of solar cells to a touch display, like a trackpad or iPhone to store power for the device.

Embedding solar cells into the touch screen may help tapping solar energy as a source of power. The patent’s abstract reads, “wireless device has a touch sensor and a solar cell that converts ambient light into electrical power.”

Rumours indicate that by 2017, a new innovative wireless technology may help iPhones and iPads to get remotely charged without being placed on a mat or charging plate. 

There is no confirmation on the Apple iPhone 7 release date. But speculations indicate that the tech giant will unveil the next iPhone in September at the annual fall event of the company.