Screengrab via infohut/YouTube

The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but these tests make it look waterproof

That's one way to treat your $700 phone.


AJ Dellinger


Published Sep 16, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 11:53 pm CDT

Usually when you buy a brand new, expensive device, you do everything you can to protect it. Early adopters of the iPhone 7 are doing the exact opposite: they’re dunking the handset in every liquid they can find to test its water resistant capabilities.

Apple promised the latest edition of the iPhone would be able to handle water without issue thanks to its IP67 rating—essentially meaning the device is dustproof and capable of being submersed in up to several feet of water.

What the Cupertino company didn’t mention is how well the device would hold up in a cup full of soda or coffee. But don’t worry, YouTuber infohut decided to let his iPhone take the plunge so yours wouldn’t have to.

As it turns out, the iPhone 7 holds up well under the odd conditions, showing no signs of effects while it sat in a cup full of water, fizzy soda, and sat under a stream of hot coffee. The YouTuber takes apart the handset to show that water residue managed to find its way inside.

Meanwhile, Samantha Clarke of So Bad So Good took the iPhone well the approved depths to see how it held up in the ocean. As it turns out, seawater is also no match for Apple’s creation as the phone comes out from beneath the waves unscathed.

Joanna Stern took the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 to the bottom of a pool for the Wall Street Journal, with the iPhone spending about an hour in depths as much as three times what Apple recommends, and found the devices to survive without issue—though using them while underwater proved to be fairly ineffective.

While the iPhone can survive in these environments, that doesn’t mean you should go out of your way to take the device underwater. 

Apple specifically suggests you not do the very things these videos do, stating users should “avoid swimming or bathing” with the iPhone 7 and shouldn’t expose the device to “pressurized water or high velocity water” such as when showering, water skiing, or surfing.

If you do decide to dunk your iPhone just for the hell of it, know that Apple won’t find it particularly amusing. In the fine print of the iPhone 7 documentation, you’ll find a warning that states, “liquid damage not covered under warranty.” 

So feel free to make use of the water resistance, just be careful or you’ll get stuck with a soggy iPhone.

H/T 9to5Mac

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*First Published: Sep 16, 2016, 7:28 pm CDT