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iPhone 7 water test: Does it sink or swim?

by Brandon Russell | September 16, 2016

The iPhone 7 might not look all that different compared to Apple’s previous two releases, but some important changes have been made. Among the biggest, Apple this year ensured the device is now water and dust resistant, which means it should be fine if you’re caught in a sudden downpour.

Technically, Apple says the device received an IP67 rating “under IEC standard 60529.” Here’s a description on the company’s website:

Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions.

Although Apple says changes were made so the handset is durable, liquid damage to the iPhone 7 is not covered under warranty. That’s key if you plan on taking your device to the lake or into the shower.

What do all of these terms mean? According to this chart, IP stands for Ingress Protection Rating and helps classify the “degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures.”

The numbers, meanwhile, indicate the levels of protection from solids and liquids; some of today’s most popular phones, like the Galaxy Note 7, are rated IP68, which means the devices are dust and water resistant over a meter and a half for 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 should provide the same level of protection. However, it can only be immersed between 15 centimeters and 1 meter in depth for a certain period of time.

While the iPhone 7 is rated IP67, you should still avoid submerging the device under water, especially at the beach; IP67 rating relates to freshwater protection, which means the ocean is not your phone’s best friend. In fact, they should not even be acquainted.

We put the iPhone 7’s water and dust resistance to the test to see just how well it holds up. You can see what happened in the video above.


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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...