The iPhone 7 only claims to be water resistant but is classed as IP67 rated which should be water proof up to a metre, please explain?

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  • Answer

    The iPhone 7 does work at the IP67 rating but it is recommended after the phone is submerged for that time period not the charge the phone for 5 hours. The primary idea behind it is to protect against drops in the toilet, tub, sink, rain, snow, some pools, etc. The drops that on previous iPhones would render them unusable. Also keep in mind it has the IP67 but water damage is still not covered by the iPhone warranty. So the idea was daily use protection more so than underwater photography or videography.

    • Answered by Dylan R from Monmouth
    • Oct 7, 2016
  • I know the IP67 rating does not give users green lights to expose the iPhone to water abuse, but how about this.

    I left my iPhone 7 in my cycling jersey pocket. 'Don't wash my kit, honey', I said.

    A few minutes later, 'Has anyone seen my phone?', I said.

    Peering in horror at the washing machine I hear the thud, thud, thud of something heavier than my cycling kit in the wash!

    'No, no, no, no, you didn't put my kit in the wash!?' I said.

    Sure enough, there it was thudding round in the front loader submerged in soapy suds.

    In agony, I turned off the machine to let the electric door reset and unlock which it did after the necessary agonising two minutes.

    As fast as I could, I pulled my jersey from the soapy water, removed the phone, dried it off with a towel, turned it on and IT WORKED JUST FINE! Yep, IT WORKED JUST FINE!

    WELL DONE APPLE! Not 'water proof' but certainly washing machine proof in this case.

    • Answered by James F from Magill
    • Jan 7, 2018