Apple Inc. ’s iPhone 7 users do not have to worry now if they spill water on their new iPhone. The newest iPhone is the first ever iPhone to be water-resistant. Apple’s support page states clearly that liquid damage is still not included in the 1-year limited warranty. The iPhone can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for a maximum of 30 minutes, according to the rating of iP67. They also said that anything over 1-meter water may cause permanent damage to the iPhone so please, no underwater selfies!
So, CNET decided to test out the water proofing themselves despite the warnings. They tested how deep and how far they could push the iPhone 7 in several dunk tests.
30-minute underwater test, underwater photography test
For the first test, CNET carried out their test in chlorinated water in a pool at the 1-meter mark. The timer was left open on the iPhone screen with a GoPro facing it to record the countdown while they waited on the surface of the pool. They dove down to retrieve the iPhone after the 30 minutes, but iPhone was brought to the surface 34 seconds later (in 30 minutes 34 seconds). They dried it with a towel and allowed it to sit for about 15 minutes before testing it again.
Apple Inc. recommends people to dry their iPhone with a lint-free cloth if their iPhone has been exposed to this much water. Also, the company asks the owner to remove excess water from the ports by tapping the phone and allowing it to dry off before using it again. Also, the tech giant advises the user to wait for at least 5 hours before plugging it in to charge.
CNET found that the buttons and microphone seemed to work alright, but the speakers did not fully recover.
CNET then immediately continued with their tests, and did underwater photography. They found that the smartphone can handle underwater photography quite nicely. Even though they couldn’t press the screen to select a focal point, most of the objects underwater were in focus. During each dive, the video was stable and clear. Even the mics could record audio underwater. Except for the speakers, everything seemed to work fine after the inspection.
Apple iPhone 7 – passes all the water tests
Next test was dive in the deep end. CNET allowed the phone to drop into the deep end of the pool – 6.5 feet. The phone was in the water for about 30 seconds between the time it hit the water, sank to the deep end and came back out. The buttons were functioning, the microphone was working well and the screen was intact. The sound of the speakers was still muffled, but nothing worse than before, says CNET.
The last test was 10 laps in the pool. “After 10 laps of free stroke where the phone went in and out of the water at a faster speed, it still passed three out of the four tests,” noted CNET.
Overall, the Apple Inc. iPhone was in good shape after they allowed it to dry overnight. The volume of all three speakers was back at full capacity, but the quality of audio was not as rich as before. “But even with the slightly distorted audio, the iPhone 7 fared impressively well considering how far beyond the limit we pushed it,” said CNET.