At its press event some weeks back, Apple described the iPhone 7 as its first “water-resistant” smartphone. But according to Appleinsider.com, “unlike the Apple Watch Series 2, the iPhone 7 isn’t truly waterproof — if you go swimming with it, you’re liable to end up with a very expensive paperweight. Instead it has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, which means that it can submerged in a meter (just under 3.3 feet) of water for 30 minutes.
Effectively, this protects owners when dropping their phone in a toilet or a bathtub, or getting caught in a rainstorm. Even showering with the phone is off-limits, and Apple warns that what protection the phone does have could deteriorate with normal wear and tear.”
But away form stories, let’s now view of form the practical aspect.
Professional surfer Kai Lenny, who strapped the new iPhones and the older 6s models on his surfboard, hit the Pacific Ocean’s waters, then emerged on shore to share the outcome of this peculiar test – filmed with a GoPro camera.
The previous-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus lack water resistance, thus they lasted only around five minutes in the salty waters each before shutting down completely. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, though, pulled through for as many as thirty minutes of action, with only muffled audio output to account for the watery trouble they went through.
Apple has largely been silent about how it made the iPhone 7 water-resistant, except to say that it re-engineered the iPhone “from the inside out” in many respects, also developing new seals and adhesives.
Even though, the iPhone 6s was already partially water-resistant. Apple added rubber seals and gaskets to various areas, but didn’t advertise this as a selling point, not the least because it wasn’t enough to prevent the device from shutting down if exposed to enough liquid for a few minutes.
This is very remarkable on the side of Apple, however there are phones that spend up to 60 minutes under water. So, nothing new.