Apple’s flagship smartphones in 2020, among other things, received the characteristic – “The degree of protection [от воды] IP68 according to IEC 60529 “. What exactly does this mean, and how well are fresh iPhones protected from liquids?
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Is the iPhone 12 Pro, 12, 11 Pro, 11, XS, XR, X, and iPhone 8 water resistant?
- iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 11 Pro / Pro Max, 11, XS / XS Max received IP68 protection;
- iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 – IP67.
“IP” in this case stands for “Ingress Protection”. But then everything becomes more interesting. The numbers after this abbreviation are two different ratings. The first – in our case 6 – shows how good the device is for dust protection, the second – 8 (for iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 11 Pro / Pro Max, 11, XS / XS Max) and 7 ( iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8) – Water resistant.
How good are these ratings? In the case of dust (6), everything is fine – this is the highest possible rating, so all the above-mentioned iPhones are fully protected from dust in any form. But for the water (7) and (8), everything is not so rosy – such ratings mean that:
- iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 11 Pro / Pro Max, 11, XS / XS Max (IP68) can be submerged to a depth of 2 meters for no more than 30 minutes.
- iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 (IP67) can be submerged up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
In other words, all of the above iPhones will survive a cup water spill, a fall into the toilet, and even (short-term) immersion in a body of water. But in this case too Apple will not take responsibility (!!!)if the smartphone stops working due to water getting inside the device
IPhone splash, dust, and water protection is not permanent and may degrade over time…
Apple emphasizes that the iPhone not subject to warranty repair if water gets inside. The company also warns owners of new smartphones against charging devices after exposure to wet environments.
An excerpt from the iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max specs on Apple’s website:
What is the bottom line? Yes, the latest iPhones have a basic splash proof… But it cannot be called sufficient in all cases, so in the end you still have to deal with the new iPhone as carefully as possible.