Is The iPhone Waterproof? Water Resistance Explained

Is The iPhone Waterproof? Water Resistance Explained

If you’re not sure if your phone
is waterproof, you are not alone. Because to begin with, waterproof
phones don’t really exist. Waterproofing is a little bit of a myth. It’s never possible to completely keep water out of something. So when the manufacturers say water resistant they mean when they sell it to you it will repel water most of the time. So how are phone manufacturers making that happen? The answer is a little anticlimactic. It’s usually a bunch of glue and some gaskets. Basically you have to close off every hole and make it so water can’t get inside. So starting with the biggest hole,
it’s where the screen fits in. Obviously you can close that one off with
a lot of adhesive, a lot of glue. It’s got these waterproofing gaskets around the edge, so all the way around the edge of your iPhone is an adhesive gasket and you can see this gasket is less than a millimeter wide. It goes all the way around the edge. There’s the SIM card opening and that’s usually done with a rubber ring around the SIM card opening. Now there’s some holes in the phone that always have to be there like the charging port or the microphone holes. And those are sealed from the inside of the component or have a water resistant mesh placed between the speaker or the microphone and the outside of the hole. It’s only in the last few years that features like this have become relatively standard for new phones and the amount of water resistance is defined using something called an IP code. I remember working on one of the first tablets. At that point they were only doing what they call IPx1 or x2 and it’s just dripping rain. That was it. And then I remember about four years ago. I was starting to get calls from all around the world to do IPx7 testing. The first phone that Apple sold that was advertised as being water resistant was the iPhone 7 but we saw up to two years ahead of that signs that Apple was working in that direction. This was before companies were coming out and actually saying it had an IP rating. What we think was happening was they weren’t confident enough to advertise the feature but they basically made the iPhone 6 and 6s to be water resistant. The ‘IP” in IP rating stands for “International Protection” or sometimes “Ingress Protection.” It’s a set of standards defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission, or IEC, and this standard was first defined in 1976. So at one point people sat together and they decided well how can we measure if something is water resistant. And they came up with a battery of tests that can be compared from one country to the next to say, well this device is to that degree water resistant or to that degree resistant to ingress of dirt or dust. So a device’s IP rating tells you how resilient something is to intrusions like dust or water. Because calling something waterproof or resistant isn’t all that useful if you don’t know exactly what that means. Is rain okay? Can it be underwater? How deep? For how long? That’s part of what an IP code tells you. The first number tells you about protection against solid particles. The second digit deals with liquids. If there’s an X instead of a number it just means that part of the test wasn’t performed or it isn’t relevant to the device. We’ll talk about dust first, right. The typical one for phones is IP6x. You sprinkle dust on it. You suck a vacuum, just to see if you can attract dust. There shouldn’t be any dust inside. The water test. There’s IPx7 and IPx8. This is a simple IPx8 rig. The difference between those are IPx7 is basically one meter for 30 minutes, and IPx8 is anything that exceeds IPx7. So technically if I soaked it for one meter for 31 minutes I’d be IPx8. Apple has said IPx8 for them is defined as two meters for 30 minutes. Samsung also says they do IPx8 and they define it as 5 feet. Which is better? It’s not necessarily clear. One drawback of the way these devices are currently made to resist water is that as a result of making it difficult for water to get inside the outer shell of the device it’s also difficult for you to get inside the phone when you actually want to. It does make your phone much harder to repair. Replacing a screen or a battery, after a repair the phone won’t be water resistant anymore. And it’s also much harder to get inside in the first place. But with water resistance it’s much harder for water to get inside of your phone which means it’s probably going to last longer depending on which situation your phone encounters during its lifespan. While companies like Apple and Samsung are shipping millions and millions of these devices, they’re still relatively new to making things water resistant. The way that the Apple Watch is waterproofed is they basically glue the screen onto the metal body of the watch. And the glue that they use is on this gasket which actually doubles as a Bluetooth antenna and it’s a gasket that goes all the way around the edge of the watch. I took this watch design to a master watchmaker who had worked on Rolexes for decades and he laughed at this design. He said this is crazy, Rolex would never do something is chintzy as this. So we have decades, maybe 100 plus years of experience waterproofing small devices and watches generally do a really good job of it. But I think the mass manufacturing techniques that Apple and other smartwatch manufacturers have gone towards leaves you with a lower quality waterproofing than what you would get in a Rolex. If you have a device that doesn’t have an IP rating that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not water resistant. GoPro for example, known for its waterproof cameras, doesn’t advertise an IP rating for them. But if the last few generations of phones are any indication we’ll probably see the water resistance of these things continue to improve. Apple’s AirPods for example are not IP rated but it’s widely expected that their second generation will have some kind of official water resistance. There’s this thing about specmanship, right. So you want to be better than the other guy. And so you say, well I do this, and I do this and sometimes it may not matter in the end for the phone anymore. Hey, I’m IPx8 now. I’m two meters 30 minutes. Well, I am too. I’m five feet, one hour. I got more time. I think the next big improvement in water resistant is going to be adding the hydrophobic coating to the surface of the board itself. Then some iPhones in particular we are seeing this rainbow sheen effect on the outside of circuit board. And what that is is a very, very thin nano coating that’s being applied to the circuit board to actually waterproof the board itself. So previous approaches are trying to waterproof the outside of the phone to prevent water from getting inside. This is actually waterproofing the board so if water does get in here you’re not going to get corrosion. One question all this brings up is whether or not phone manufacturers are being fair in the way they market water resistance. The manufacturers are being completely honest on the day that they sell you the device. It is water resistant then. But they’re completely dishonest when it comes to the lifecycle of the phone. You think about how they are when it comes to batteries. No cellphone manufacturer is telling you, “Hey you buy your phone and the battery lasts 18 months, you need to swap it out. Oh and by the way we won’t sell you a new battery. You have to take it in to us for service.” And it’s the same thing with the waterproofing. They’re not saying, “We sell you a phone that’s waterproof but it’s only gonna last for a few months.” They should be. So all said and done. Here’s how to think about your water resistant phone. So I’ve taken apart a lot of phones, seen the inside, seen how they all work together and the waterproofing involved and the consensus, the conclusion that I’ve come to is to not trust any of the water resistance that I’ve seen. So if you’ve got a brand new phone and you want to go swimming with it I think you’re perfectly fine doing that the first week that you own the phone. After the first week or so I would start to get nervous. Over time the glue is gonna degrade, the rubber is gonna degrade. Dropping your phone can make a little incision in the rubber, something that water can slip inside. I wouldn’t trust it completely. I would give it a maybe on it. I wouldn’t do it. Not for my phone anyways. The other thing is that the insurance doesn’t cover water damage and so if you go in and six months in you say, “Well you sold me a phone that was waterproof and I’ve got water damage,” they’ll say “Well that’s not covered.” You’ll say “But you told me it was waterproof.” “Well normal wear and tear can degrade the waterproofing.” So I would say absolutely the waterproofing is a nice insurance policy but don’t take showers with your IP67 phone. Which is not what the device manufacturers want me to say but it’s the truth.

100 thoughts on “Is The iPhone Waterproof? Water Resistance Explained

  1. Well my Xs got water damage, after 10 minutes in the pool. So no, they are not waterproof.

  2. Dude really said that Apple is bad for not being to spec with Rolex, wtf

  3. "The iPhone"

  4. There has always been "conformal coating" to brush onto electronics for waterproofing. Radio control hobbyists have used this stuff for decades.

  5. You should test phones that are 1 year old and see if the water resistance degrades.

  6. asurion covers liquid damage

  7. Ooo CNBC is almost at 1million subsvribers!!!! Wooooooohoooooooo!

  8. I learned the hard way they dont like jacuzzis.

  9. 0:33 Now come jerry😂😂😂🤣

  10. Apple is not a rolex a rolex costs 7k a apple watch doesn’t

  11. Wait… you're telling me that there's a difference between Water Resistance and Water Proof?!?!?!?!?!? woooow welcome to 3rd grade science class…

  12. 666 likes?! No! 667

  13. Why would you need to make your phone water resistant to make it last long when your keep on changing phone every year.

  14. Title: Iphone
    Thumbnail: Sony

  15. wtf s that , is that an iphone waterproof review

  16. Japanese phones were way ahead of water restsitance & water proof. Literally years ahead. Samsaung came second. Iphone was the last to come up with it

  17. Iphones are appleresistant

  18. It doesnt matter weather my iphone is water resistant or not. Because i dont go to the beach nor use it on the shower. I just want the apple logo and its working. Ok

  19. 2:34 How about steam?
    In a warm pocket while in warm rain

  20. Its not i tested mine in the toilet.

  21. Extremely well done production. Kudos guys. You nailed it.

  22. Apple is using false advertising because Samsung is crushing them. iPhone XS Max is not water resistant, I have a dead phone to prove it!

  23. Been swimming with my 7plus for 2 years now and it is still perfect. Hadn’t been craked or anything like that and kept in a good case forever. Maybe that’s why the seal is still there

  24. Yup, can't be submerged.

  25. So just make it sealed. Bt audio, wireless charging, water proof speaker and mic, non removalbe battery, no SD and built in sim and no hardware buttons. This is all possible today. They should survive full submersion to a depth.

  26. Maybe…stop swimming with your phone? 🤡🤡nobody cares about your pool day or beach day

  27. s1: take the iphone apart
    s2: paint all the parts with ultra ever dry
    s3: test it
    s4: if successful then done

  28. What you fail to comprehend cnbc is that the inside of the phone can be coated in silicone so it doesn't matter if water gets in the phone because water can't go through plastic. When the plastic starts degrading the phone is probably too old anyhow and you should get a new one.

  29. Who else paused the video just to search up what IP rating their phone has? 🙋‍♀️

  30. You have Zach in your video=me liking this video.

  31. 2 years from now the phone will be hole less, no 3.5mm audio jack and no cable charging port and no speaker grils. and that's when the phone becomes waterproof.

    sorry for the grammar not good at english.

  32. I swam in the pool with my galaxy s7 few times..nothing happend..except the speaker did not work properly for couple of hours…after almost 2 years of usage I replace battery and screen on the phone…few months ago phone was accidentaly left in my pocket in the heavy rain…was completaly wet..neither jack were functional..screen blinking turn of the phone because od did not work for couple of hours…I dryed it with hairdrier and it come back like new…know everything is fine…after 3 years s7 works like a beast. just to mantion iphone 6 is nowhere near water cousin spill glass of water on it and it dies completly…never recover…so cut a crap with bullshits.

  33. Do Not trust the waterproof commercial says

  34. Stupid lisp

  35. Sony Experia’s already had waterproofing technology years ago, and here you have apple. Once again, late at the party pretending to have invented it.

  36. A Rolex can be 4000’ waterproof, but it cannot make a call!
    Btw, my airpods survived 2 wash cycles and min 1 drying cycle, and are still working…

  37. i don’t know about the 6s being waterproof i accidentally went in a pool with it for about 10 seconds and it never turned on again

  38. Pink guy?


  40. Jerry rig everything is here for reference. Hats off

  41. One thing no one talks about is HEAT. summer near a hot pool, high humidity. The glue gets loose, water resistance goes down.

  42. Jerry rig everything!

  43. Thank you apple for this invention
    water- resistant android 👍 galaxy

  44. Even if my phone is truly waterproof, I ain't gonna go swimming with it!!! That's a thousand dollars down the drain

  45. I splashed mi new iPhone XS , only 6 months since I bought it.
    Lost the warranty from apple, and they told me ok we give you another one but pay half the price of a new one .
    You pay them And give you a used one but refurbished and a 3 months warranty!

    So mad it’s a scam 😖😖
    I phone it’s not water proof, period!

  46. I only liked the video because Jack is here

  47. Simple answer: no

  48. It doesn't matter if it's water proof or water resistant it will still scratch at level 6 With deeper grooves at level 7

  49. What's so special about Rolex watches? They do not have digital displays or cool features like heart rate monitor etc…

  50. Well that's pretty stupid all you have to do is make it water-resistant Again by buying the glue that is water resistant glue that's it it's not rocket science

  51. jerry rig everything 😍

  52. There is ONE fully waterproof phone

    The NoPhone

  53. Yea I can use my 11 under water

  54. what about liquipel?

  55. Wather.

  56. Jerry you had to be there to "Rig Everything"

  57. Nope. They don't want you to say truth.

  58. The problem is, that this glue gets destroyed by chlorine.

  59. Jerry rigs

  60. Scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7

  61. didnt expect JerryRigEverything here

  62. No mention of sony? Not even samsung?

  63. Comparing Apple Watch to the Rolex, come on….. I'm not talking about the price disparity which is obvious, but the necessity. Rolex watches never obsolete, and your Rolex watch will outlive you. My grandpa passed away 10 years ago, he left me a 1980 Rolex Submariner, which is still running and relevant today after 40 years and will still for the next 40 years. That justifies the much more expensive and sophisticated waterproofing system. Apple Watch on the other hand, even if it could last 10 years physically, you will throw it away after 5 years or so because it became obsolete. So, water-proofing something that only has 5 years of service time the same way as something that lasts for generations is just irrational.

  64. In my experiences I found out Samsung is the best waterproof phone compare to iPhone and Huawei

  65. Can you please make a video on Nintendo Switch Joy-con drifting issue?

  66. 2 years later my Samsung Galaxy Note 8's water resistance is still holding up.

  67. What's up Jerry, 😇😇😁👍

  68. Harsh reality

  69. nice and correct content video

  70. What if i change my battery in iphone 7 or 8? It will never be the same?

  71. at the end he said don't take shower with ue IP 67 phone. But my iphone 11 pro max is IP68, can i then?

  72. Can't wait for a bulletproof, fireproof, waterproof phone.

  73. Zack the kidney destroyer
    Just joking

  74. I just came to warch jerry

  75. 5:34 When you expect that you're phone is Waterproof

  76. I dropped my iPod touch in the bathtub, and it was completely fine

  77. Thumbnail shows Sony Xperia z3 compact. NOT iPhone.

  78. s7edge is the 1st water resistant.. you fool!!!

  79. We don’t need to worry just put it in a bag of rice and it’s alive

  80. Before: Talks about how there is going to be flying cars in 2019.

    2019: TaLkS AbOuT PhOnE BeInG WaTeR PrOoF.

  81. Them: Explaining
    Me: "Brain Explode"

  82. Humans vs Water….Water Wins!

  83. Everyone is referring to jerry rig about phones i feel like jerry is haunting me at level 10 with deeper grooves

  84. Nobody:

    Zack: the adhesive scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7.

  85. Reminds me of Xperia Z. My friends with Galaxy S4 and IP5 would test it by submerging it into a jug of water. For the first 2 years of use I would wash it in basin whenever it got dirty. The thing still works today after 6 years but not water resistant anymore because the seals of flaps are worn out.

  86. Terry Liu sounds like Linus. Lol

  87. just saying if water proofing isn’t real then i have no idea what the electric toothbrush is

  88. Glass is glass and glass breaks

  89. 2019: water resistant

    2029: lava resistant + 10 year without charging batteries

  90. Same like F-22 fighter. Stealth but not invisible.

  91. Happy to see zack ❤️

  92. Apple : This phone is water-resistant.

  93. The NoPhone is waterproof.

    Get debunked cnbc

  94. Yeah but luxury watches don’t have speakers or mics so it’s a bit harder

  95. iphones are not water resistant I have worked on boards and boards of the 7 7+ 8 8+ water damaged just don't take it into the water

  96. Can this guy pronounce water correctly mans said “wather”

  97. Of course Waterproof does exist what a none sense, but water pressure can be difficult at a point also total corrosion free does exist.
    When you put your smartphone in a plastic bag its totally water proof, also a watch and a lot of other stuff can be made 100% water proof with garantie.
    Water resistance is not water proof and is absolut pointless in every sense.
    Glue is never a seal to water proof that just a cheap solution to hold something together.

  98. It’s not waterproof, it’s water RESISTANT

  99. Thank you for your honest opinion. Unfortunately it’s a week too late for me. My IP67 Google Pixel 2 XL had been doing great for a few times when quickly submerged into water for a short period of time, then I realized the lens got fogged, but it went away very quickly, so I thought it was normal. Last week, one year after I brought the phone, when I accidentally submerged it into water for a few second, the camera stopped working, the phone started heating up. I shut it down ASAP but it’s already too late… This video needs more attentions.

  100. The thing is, it’s tested with FRESH water. Chlorinated pool water and saltwater can degrade the waterproofing and even glue holding the screen on. Don’t test it.

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