Remember that hilarious but cruel online prank about iOS 7 software updates making iPhones waterproof? It’s a little sad to look back at it now, as Apple remains somewhat behind rival companies like Samsung, Sony or even Motorola when it comes to actual hardware-improving steps in the general direction of outdoor friendliness.
Rumors of the looming iPhone 7 switching from a protrusive physical home button to a capacitive, touch-sensitive one sitting flush with the rest of the chassis have unfortunately died down, and it seems water protection is another big upgrade pushed back to 2017.
Believe it or not though, Apple might have a software tweak in the pipeline for this year meant to at least warn you of imminent liquid damage. It looks like newer iPhone models, including the 6s, 6s Plus and SE, feature some kind of dormant moisture detection sensor, which iOS 10 wakes up in its third beta build.
This is located around the Lightning port, so it’ll alert you if accessories connected that way pose dangers to your device’s integrity, so you can unplug the wet cable before it causes harm, and let it dry up. Hardly a revolutionary add-on, but certainly a (small) step in the right direction.