iPhone 7 is water resistant but liquid damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty

By , Sep 7, 2016

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Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the first dust and water resistant iPhones with IP67 protection, meaning they’re 100 percent resistant to dust and sand and should survive being submerged in about a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The devices have waterproofed components like the buttons, the chassis and the SIM tray.

Plus, they most likely use gaskets and seals like other water resistant phones. But if water does make its way into the device and damages it, don’t count on Apple to replace it at no charge because liquid damage is not covered under its warranty.

That’s actually hardly a surprise.

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have even higher IP68 protection, but water damage is not covered by Samsung’s warranty neither. In fact, to protect against water damage and general device failure, Galaxy customers are advised to purchase an extended warranty called Samsung Protection Plus.

Confused by IP ratings? Here’s a quick explainer.

The first number is your dust-proofing and the other indicates water-proofing. The higher the number, the better the protection. The digit 0 is used where no protection is provided.

The iPhone 7 is IP67-rated for dust and water resistance while Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7 series bears IP68 protection, meaning it’s a bit more water resistant than Apple’s device. More precisely, IP68 specification means the Galaxy S7 is 100 percent dust-proof and water resistant to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

The original Apple Watch is IPX7 certified, as Apple states:

Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended.

The new Apple Watch Series 2 has improved water resistance up to 50 meters deep:

Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

To show that waterproofing is a tricky business, SquareTrade did a torture test of the Galaxy S7 that challenged Samsung’s earlier small print saying the phone was water resistant to submersion in up to 5 feet for 30 minutes. As a result, Samsung now states its phone is only resistant to one meter of water for 30 minutes.

In other words, the Galaxy S7 should be IP67, not IP68-certified.

And what of the iPhone 7’s IP67 certification?

A 7 rating means that “ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 meter of submersion)” according to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the international standards and conformity assessment body.

Apple says an entirely reengineered enclosure results in a water resistant iPhone that offers protection “like never before” against spills, splashes and dust. Be that as it may, we’re more interested in the fine print (emphasis mine):

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529.

Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions.

Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

Just to be clear, by liquid damage they mean just that—any situation where water makes its way into the device and wreaks havoc through corrosion. For instance, you could damage it by attempting to charge it after it was dunked in water because the Lightning connector in the iPhone 7 is not waterproof.

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And as Apple states, the iPhone 7’s water resistance decreases as a result of normal wear. For example, a SIM tray might get damaged by dirt and debris and in turn reduce the phone’s water resistance and increase the risk of water damage.

Even Sony had to advise customers of its IP68-certified Xperia handsets against taking photos underwater. “Remember not to use the device underwater,” Sony cautioned following a backlash resulting from its use of the marketing image seen below . “The IP rating of your device was achieved in laboratory conditions in standby mode, so you should not use the device underwater, such as taking pictures.”

sony Xperia waterproofing

All of the above is to say that you shouldn’t dunk your new iPhone 7 in water just for the heck of it, or to impress your friends, because if it does get damaged as a result—don’t even bother taking it to Apple.

The only thing IP67 certification tells you is that the iPhone 7 can be submerged in depths of under one meter for up to thirty minutes and not sustain any permanent damage (under ideal conditions).

While the iPhone 7 will withstand being splashed with water, that doesn’t mean you should take underwater photos with it, swim with it in a swimming pool (chemicals!), expose it to salty sea water (salt=corrosion) or engage in other activities that bear the risk of water damage.

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  • That did show a guy falling into a swimming pool with an iPhone, which was totally safe, according to Phil.

    • Dave Kurt

      You technically can but, as the article states “Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.”

      It’s really a level of protection for accidental drops. Likewise with any IP67 device… But some advertise this differently.

  • Troy

    So can I take a shower with it?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Asking the real questions.

    • XT

      Normally you could do it but i think you should not… Apple is starting to really piss me off… I’m going to look at it when available in my country and if it’s just a black colored iPhone 6 with more speed i will say good bye to apple until the 10th anniversary version…. The S7 edge starts to smile to me very hotly haha

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        Watch out those batteries tho

      • Munchy

        are you referring to the note 7?

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel


      • Munchy

        he s7 edg eis a great phone, I moved to android 4 weeks ago. Battery life is amazing, screen is amazing, touch wis is ok I like it but defiantly think cortana and siri are much more usable options. Still wireless charging a sd slot, amoled and ultra resolution are more than enough to have me buying the s7 edge. The iPhone 7 has great speaker implementation, terrible home button and a very boring looking design.

  • Apple needs to cut the shit already! It’s not a goddamn budget phone.

    • Eric

      What does this mean? They just introduced a huge upgrade and added features and storage options people have been asking for. Please explain what shit needs to be cut.

      • Asking for a flagship price for a phone with 2-3 years old features while people like you calling it a HUGE upgrade. Before throwing rocks at me, I’ve just sold my iPhone 6 which I got after selling my Note 4 and got a Samsung S6 Edge+ and WOW. I was missing a lot. I have iPad for now as my only Apple device. But Apple really needs to make a better iPhone for real. Giving the world the new iPhone every year with some previous year features is the shit I’m asking Apple to cut.

      • Eric

        You just seem like an angry person about this or possibly just in general. Maybe I missed it but I’m pretty sure this camera system is one of a kind and not 3 years old. They added a quad core processor that is actually functional and not a battery hog.

        Also, didn’t the 6s just beat out the galaxy s7 in performance? This pocket computer is going to make Samsung’s battery explode if it try’s to keep up.

      • leart

        haha true … they can’t stress their battery more lol

      • jOn Garrett

        Every Quad Core is functional, where do you get this nonsense?

        The 6S beat the S7 with the S7 running at 12.5% CPU power with the iPhone running 50% AND with apps optimized for single core.

        Handicapping the competing phone and then bragging about the iPhone winning is what Apple fans report.

        Several iPhone models have had batteries that explode, Apple blamed the users, several people have died using iPhones and again, Apple blamed the users. 35 out of 2.5 million phones is not the end of the world.

      • burlow

        hmm…best battery life….last year’s A9 is still faster than anything android etc has…waterproof (it outlasted a galaxy, which has the higher rating), 450Mbps LTE (how many other phones can claim this?), one of the best cameras out there (how many others can do 240fps slow mo?), also one of the best displays out there.

      • Ali H

        If you are happy about the level of customization in your note, the iPhone users are happy about the better apps quality they get in the appstore and smoother experiance. I had the same apps on my iPhone on my note 7 and the android version of the apps are always slower with less features. And this is even true with apps from big companies or developers (OneNote, word, nyt, photoshop, myfitnesspal, udemy, dictionarydotcom, slack, etc).

        If you are happy about the tons of features you get with the note every year, the iPhone users are happy about the instant os updates and apps support they receive.

        I had the note 7 lags on me a lot. yes it is a great phone but I just couldn’t stand that lag.

        I enjoy receiving all my phone calls, messages (sms or iMessages), video calls on my iPhone and Mac. I enjoy reading an article on my Mac and continue reading it on the go on my iPhone with press of a button. I enjoy copying any text on my iPhone and being able to immediately paste in on my Mac and vice versa. I can’t do that with and android phone (pushbullet or airdroid are garbage).

        I hated the bloatware (2 email apps, 2 apps stores, to photos apps, all tmobiles bullshit apps, all notifications that I can’t disable) on my Note. I hated the seperated voicemail app, I hated that there is no unified way to do video calls between android devices. I hate that Note 4 is now almost dead with no updates or new features and it is only 2 generations old while the iPhone 5 is 4 generations old and got ios10 on day one.

        So please don’t tell me how great your phone is because different people have different tastes and preferences.

    • Rowan09

      So they should cover water damage beyond the specs? You and I already know some people are going to go swimming with the phone all day and then get mad when it’s damaged. Apple is not stupid

      • Eric

        If people want to rusk that that is their prerogative. They should just be smart and add AppleCare.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly, but don’t expect Apple to give it for free is my point.

      • jOn Garrett

        Pay extra to protect a water resistant phone from water damage?

      • DanTheMan827

        Pay extra to protect the water resistant phone from long-term submersion so that you can safely take pictures underwater for example…

      • jOn Garrett

        So the iPhone is water resistant but resistance to water is sold separately.

  • Sandeep Roy

    “The iPhone 7 is only water resistant therefore liquid damage is not covered under Apple warranty” The original headline is confusing !

  • So the coverage hasn’t changed, but they’ve made it less susceptible to water damage. Good deal!

  • Nallaikkumaran

    Oops..SquareTrade??? it’s a fraud company. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are water resistant, Says Consumer Reports.

    What the hell are you talking about? This site and its writers are Apple dumbasses. Have your authors any brain?

    For dust:

    4 = particles great than 1mm in width
    5 = prevention of dust interfering with satisfactory operation
    6 = no ingress of dust at all for at least eight hours

    For water:

    4 = splashing water won’t harm the device
    5 = protection from water jets from a 6.3mm nozzle
    6 = protection from more powerful water jets from a 12.5mm nozzle (6K is higher pressure rated)
    7 = protection from immersion in up to 1m of fresh water (typically for 30 minutes)
    8 = protection from immersion in at least 1m fresh water (typically 1.5m for 30 minutes)
    9K = protection from close-range high pressure water jets

  • Fanboy 

    With that kind of grammar, the Apple community is not going to miss you. Good bye 🙂

    • 919263

      Just your name suggests that you cannot be taken seriously… Just like the name Trump cannot be taken seriously, and I am sure you dont represent any part of the Apple community either…