Ever since the launch of iPhones in 2007, users have been requesting the makers to design a waterproof iPhone.
Unfortunately, Apple has not got any breakthrough in launching a completely waterproof iPhone. With the iPhone 7 models, the company has received IP67 waterproof ratings for the new set of devices, but the new iPhones are still far away from getting the real waterproof ratings.
That’s right! Apple has been marketing its new iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices as ‘water resistant‘ phones, which means there is a long way ahead to get the elusive ratings as per IEC standards.
Now, if you are a new iPhone X or iPhone 8 user, you might find it confusing in the first instance. There can’t be two different ratings or ambiguous feature meanings for the same smartphone, right?
Yes, you’re right!
Apple’s iPhones including iPhone X are not waterproof devices as claimed by many online publications and mainstream media.
To understand this issue further, let’s talk more about the IP67 waterproof rating for iPhone.
10 Things You Must Know About iPhone’s IP67 Waterproof Rating
Here’s the list of important factors that one should know while selecting the smartphone for its waterproof feature –
1. What does IP67 rating mean?
The IP in IP67 stands for Ingress Protection or International Protection. It’s a widely accepted rating system to grade digital devices and tools for their dust and water protection capabilities.
As for the numbers, the first number stands for dust protection level while the second number denotes water/liquid protection.
Check out the following IP table to understand these ratings for yourself –
|IP Ratings||Dust Protection||Liquid/Water Protection|
|IP61||Yes||Water drops/condensation protection (falling from vertical angle)|
|IP62||Yes||Protected against water drops falling at 15 degree angle|
|IP63||Yes||Protected against water drops falling at 60 degree angle|
|IP64||Yes||Protected against water drops falling from all directions|
|IP65||Yes||Protected against water jets falling from all directions (12.5 LPM)|
|IP66||Yes||Protected against water jets falling from all directions (100 LPM)|
|IP67||Yes||Protected against a 30-minute submersion in water (Depth - 1 meter)|
|IP68||Yes||Protected against a 30-minute submersion in water (Depth - 3 meter)|
|IP69K||Yes||Protected against high pressure water jets from all directions|
2. What does IP67 rating mean in the context of Apple iPhones?
When we talk about iPhone’s ratings, the 67 number is quite significant in finding the truth behind the device’s different protection levels.
It also helps users assess the credibility of manufacturers who sometimes hide such information.
Since Apple already markets its new generation iPhones as water-resistant devices, you don’t have to verify these details. All new iPhone models (post-iPhone 7) have received IP67 ratings, which means you won’t get full water protection for these devices.
As per the rating IP67 –
- 6 – this number denotes the dust protection
- 7 – this number denotes the water/liquid protection if the device submerges in water up to 1-meter depth for half an hour.
When you combine these two numbers, you get to know about the dust and water protection level of your iPhone.
3. Difference between water-resistant and waterproof smartphones
As you can see above, Apple’s iPhones can’t withstand water depth level of 1-meter.
Therefore, the company has decided to stick to the ‘water-resistant’ tag for their new iPhones, which is a commendable thing to do in such a competitive environment.
On the other hand, some Android phone manufacturers have managed to get the IP68 rating for their devices, which is quite superior to the iPhone’s IP67 rating.
However, those devices can still be considered as water-resistant devices, as they only offer water protection up to a certain level.
For your information, most of these companies test devices in a water depth of 3-meter to qualify for the IP68 ratings.
So, technically, your IP68 rated device may not last long if it falls in deep water bodies like lakes, rivers, and oceans.
As far as waterproof smartphones are concerned, we haven’t cracked the technique to make our mobile phones waterproof for any challenging conditions. It might take us a few years or decades to see such devices on the market.
4. Can I use IP67 rated iPhone in water?
Yes, of course!
But don’t get overexcited about the fact that you can use your iPhone in water.
As you know, iPhones are just water-resistant devices, which means you can’t keep them in water for more than thirty minutes. In some cases, depending on the hardware, your iPhone might even start showing adverse effects after dropping it in water for a few minutes.
So, it won’t be a wise decision to use your iPhone in swimming pools or other water bodies.
5. What happens when your iPhone sits under water for a few hours?
As per IP67 ratings, your iPhone can only resist water damage up to 1-meter depth for 30 minutes.
When your device falls in the water and remains submerged for more than half an hour, the moisture will start affecting some of its fragile internal ICs and logic board connectors that serve different purposes.
If you recover your device from the water after a few hours, it’s a good idea to keep it switched off for 72 hours. Make sure you wipe out all the moisture content and droplets from the external body part.
Once you do that, put your device in a bag of uncooked rice and let it be there for 3-4 days as suggested earlier.
You can also read this guide to get water out of iPhone.
Note – If your phone remains in the water for a very long time, it’s likely to have an impact on speakers, microphone, Home button, touch screen, etc.
6. Is IP67 Waterproof rating only applicable to Apple iPhone?
IP ratings are universally accepted standards, which are applicable to many products including Apple Watches, iPods, and iPads.
7. Does Apple cover water damage on iPhones?
Apple does cover water damage on iPhones, but you will need to have AppleCare+ protection cover to be able to avail this service.
You can read more about it here – AppleCare and Water Damage Support
If you have basic AppleCare protection, it won’t be enough to cover water damage related issues. You will need to pay extra bucks to get your water-damaged device repaired from Apple Store.
8. How to make your iPhone waterproof?
If you can’t avoid staying away from the water, you should think about making your device secured from moisture.
There are many iPhone case makers in the market that offer the best waterproof cases for different iPhone models.
9. Apple’s first waterproof iPhone
We’re not sure whether the company has any plans to develop a device that can withstand the after-effects of water damage, but they have made some progress in this direction by removing the headphone jack from iPhones.
This ‘courageous’ act is a good indication of what to expect from the company in coming years.
Their first hurdle is to make a device that can surpass the IP68 rating, which has been achieved by some of the rival brands.
So, let’s hope to see something interesting on this front in upcoming Apple events.
10. Alternatives for water-resistant iPhone
As discussed earlier, there are some companies like Samsung that have been offering IP68 rated devices to the users.
Unfortunately, these devices are based on Android OS, which means you won’t be able to enjoy the iOS experience on such devices.
However, if your priority is to operate your phone in the water, you should definitely consider some alternatives for the water-resistant iPhone.
Well, that’s pretty much about this post for now. If you have any queries regarding this topic, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.