iPhone 6s Water Resistant?

So, is the new iPhone 6s waterproof or not? A lot of ink has been spilt following a video that showed an iPhone 6s surviving being submerged in bowls of water for over an hour. People have been wondering whether the poster had used Liquipel to protect their device from water damage or if Apple has in fact done something to improve water resistance of the new iPhones.

iFixit was wondering the same so they set out to put this debate to rest once and for all. So then, is the new iPhone waterproof or not? Read on to find out.

iFixit’s initial foray into the new iPhones has uncovered some mystery adhesive under an already screwed down display. But what if that adhesive wasn’t there just to keep the screen on, but to keep water out as well?

Indeed, the phone’s frame has been subtly reworked to accommodate a new gasket. “We noted a slight, but measurable, increase in the width of the lip running along the perimeter of the frame—it’s about 0.3 mm wider than on the iPhone 6, making it just wide enough for that little gasket to land on,” iFixit explains.

iPhone 6s iFixit image 009

But that’s not all—every single cable connector on the logic board is surrounded by what appears to be a tiny silicon seal. This applies to the connectors from the battery and display, to the Lightning port and the actual buttons.

Conveniently enough, Apple filed a patent for waterproof silicon seals on board-to-board connectors and a hydrophobic conformal coating for printed circuit boards this past March.

On the downside, iFixit was unable to discover signs of waterproofing on the speaker or headphone jack, while the power and volume buttons “haven’t yet adopted the more radical waterproof profile seen in recent Apple patent filings.”

Conclusion: both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are dramatically less prone to liquid damage than their predecessors.

I must admit, I was surprised to learn about the new iPhones’ much higher resistance to water damage. Submerging a pre-iPhone 6s iPhone into a bowl of water was pretty much guaranteed to leave you with a scathed device.

While I wouldn’t recommend anyone to test the water resistance of their iPhone, it’s good to know that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can withstand water exposure somewhat better than prior models.

For those wondering, both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have scored a 7 out of 10 on iFixit’s Repairability scale.

For what it’s worth, a new rumor has indicated that an ‘iPhone 7’ will be fully water and dust-proof, as opposed to just water resistant.


Source: iFixit

  • Juan Genao

    All I need is 20 seconds to reach into the pool (or less preferably the toilet) and get the phone out and dry it out, if it can give me that I’m happy)

    • Newgunnerr

      Trust me, if my 6s fell in the water i’d only need 3. Maybe 5 seconds if i had just shit in the toilet (2 seconds to pull an disgusted face).

      • Chindavon

        Especially after eating Mexican food.

      • Carlos Medina

        or chinese food

      • VITICO

        i love mcdonalds…

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Drenched in hot sauce…

      • What if it was runny like diarrhea?

      • Cristian B


      • Just wondering if they’d still go for it, I know I would.

      • OVOKV$LO

        then you sell it on craigslist and buy a new one lol

      • ClaudieX X

        what if was on a public toilet???

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      The problem I’m seeing is the way they run the water tests. They test them laying down on their backs, when realistically, the phones drop vertically, causing the air bubbles to escape easier and the water to rush in much quicker. That’s the problem we face, it’s not how long it lasts under water but how it goes in.

      • Also, it doesn’t simulate any physical shock such as sinking and hitting the bottom or sides of the liquid container. Realistic situations may involve more physical shock that would generate pressure and interfere with any waterproofing.

      • ClaudieX X

        excelent point…

    • Mkondrak

      Most phones (since like first iphone) are water resistant, meaning you take the phone out of the water under like a 1minute and immediately put into plastic bag filled with rice for a day. It will work perfect the next day. Trust me, my iphone 4 fell into a pool i was lifeguarding atleast 3 times and still works to this day no problem

      • WiseBlasian

        Damn youre so smart.

  • coLin

    if is rain proof or sweat proof is good enough for most imo

  • Nirvana

    If Jeff has lived with his iPhone 6 plus in the shower or water splash to be precise, we just rest assured that the 6s will do fine or even fare better, but thanks ifixit anyway!

  • CODhaloVET

    Good it’s water resistant and all but what about the speakers? They didn’t test that out…can you still make calls or listen to music?…

  • Fanboy 

    1 of these YouTubers should make an unboxing of the iPhone 6S, and dipping it into a bowl of water WITHOUT any camera cuts.

  • Gabriel

    I actually saw bubbles out of the iphone 6S plus jack connector. crap

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Ladies and gentlemen, apple in beta test of water and dust resistant iphone and you are the testers, with or without your consent. Have a good day.

  • Noah Pullen

    does this mean products like liquipel can’t be applied to the 6s and 6s Plus?

  • Vince Reedy

    iFixit has the answer and the answer is…. Maybe?

  • rain rocket

    how, just take my money!

  • tariq

    waterproof is important feature to me, that is why i moved to Sony phones. I aint got money to test iPhone limits lol. But on my part, xperia z3c has been in both Destin and Panama beach for hours with no issues. Whenever Apple can prove its IP68, thats when ill switch back.
    and thats Destin for yeah in attachment


    next time he should try to play music or record a voice note to see if speakers or microphone work…??? just a thought?