Best Fitness Tracker of 2016When Apple launched the iPhone 7 a few days, one of the major highlights of the announcement was that iPhone 7 is water resistant. Waterproofing although is not a very basic feature and has been there in a lot of Android devices already, so the Apple fans rejoiced. The biggest excuse given behind removal of the headphone jack was that the iPhone 7 was to be made water resistant. But, wait, is the iPhone 7 really water resistant ? Come, Let us check this out the detailed explanation and in the video at the bottom.
What makes the iPhone 7 WaterProof?
Normally you would see smartphones claiming to be water resistant come with an IP rating like an IP67, IP68 or IP69. IP stands International Protection Rating, sometimes also interpreted as Ingress Protection Rating. The rating consists of letter IP followed by two digits and an optional letter.
IP Rating classifies 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.
so here’s the break up :
IP : This stands for the International Protection marking.
6 : The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects.
7 : The Second digit indicates the level of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water.
Here are the common IP Ratings that can be found on the devices
Table Source : DSMT
IP67 is the basic standard which can only withstand immersion in shallow water less than 1 meter or 3 Feets for a very short period of time, Apple iPhone 7 comes with an IP 67 rating.
A rating of IP68 would mean that the device can be submerged in water deeper than 1 meter for longer durations of time, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with an IP68 rating which is good till the time it does not explode. A device with IP69 rating can withstand steam jet cleaning, something, we do not intend to do with our smartphone, though.
Another important part of this Apple certification things is that Apple does not cover iPhone7 under any kind of warranty against water damage.
Source : Apple.com
So what is the use of the certification if the phone is not covered under any warranty ? Only Apple has the answer but if you’re planning to buy iPhone 7 thinking that you can take it to the shower or watch videos in the bath the tub, well, wait till you see the video made by the famous YouTuber JerryRigsEverthing.
So pretty soon Apple may release a statement or advisory as it has issued for Apple Watch, it writes:
“Submerging your Apple Watch isn’t recommended. Water resistance isn’t a permanent condition, and your Apple Watch can’t be rechecked or resealed for water resistance. The following may affect the water resistance of your Apple Watch and should be avoided:
- Dropping your Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts.
- Submerging your Apple Watch in water for long periods of time.
- Swimming or bathing with your Apple Watch.
- Exposing your Apple Watch to pressurized water or high velocity water, for example, showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on.
- Wearing your Apple Watch in a sauna or steam room.”
We definitely do not suggest you to carry your dear iPhone 7 in the pool or go swim with it.
The IP tests were conducted under lab conditions while the phone was in standby mode, so there’s a much greater chance it won’t stand up as well as you attempt to take pictures of swimming pool shenanigans.