Water Damage

Just how water resistant is the iPhone 7?

As revealed at Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote, the new handset is water resistant (not waterproof), and this means it can supposedly handle some water splashes and light submersion and come out unharmed.

Now that the iPhone 7 is officially available to the public, you can probably imagine some people have already started putting the device through water tests. So how did it do?

Video shows iPhone 6s surviving for 1 hour under water

While we’ve yet to independently confirm the validity of such a test, a new video is making its rounds on YouTube showing an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 6s Plus being submerged in bowls of water for over an hour. Each device then emerges from the bath apparently unscathed.

Apple has never touted its devices as being water proof, or even water resistant to any degree, but, assuming it’s legitimate, this video raises some interesting questions…

Mophie introduces new waterproof battery case for iPhone 6

On Tuesday, California-based accessory maker Mophie announced its first ever waterproof battery cased called the “Juice Pack H2PROTM.” The case is made for the iPhone 6, and features a durable design to protect against drops, dust, dirt and of course, water damage.

The battery pack included in the case is of the 2,750mAh lithium-ion variety, which will allow users to enjoy up to 14 hours of additional talk time, 10 hours of web browsing and 50 hours of music. Mophie says overall, the H2PROTM more than doubles iPhone battery life.

The Apple Watch is water resistant, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise

You know, I was considering doing a “shower test” when I received my Apple Watch today, but I’m pretty confident that that’s no longer necessary. The Apple Watch appears to be water resistant enough to easily manage a shower or a splash. In fact, in this video, an early Apple Watch Sport adopter submerges the device in water for five minutes at a time. He even takes the Apple Watch for a swim in a pool. Watch this video and see the evidence for yourself.

Apple relaxing water damage restrictions for iPhone trade-ins this week

Do you have an old iPhone that has suffered light water damage, but still works just fine? Looking to trade it in towards the purchase of a newer model? Well up until now, you couldn’t do that at an Apple Store. But that might be changing soon.

According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple will be relaxing its water damage restrictions for iPhone trade-ins this week. The site says that the trade-in value for handsets will no longer be affected by the device’s Liquid Contact Indicators…

Incipio Atlas review: a waterproof case backed by a warranty

Last month I featured five cases to protect your iPhone at the beach. Seeing the article, Incipio noticed I selected their ATLAS case as one of the current beach worthy options and sent me one to play with more closely. After receiving the case in the mail a few weeks ago, I have been toting around the water, dust, and shock proof case on my iPhone 5. The case is proving quite useful.

This is the first of Incipio’s attempts to produce a waterproof case. However, even though new to the market, Incipio boasts a water damage warranty with the purchase of ATLAS. The company provides an easy product registration app to help you through the process. This confident move is an impressive customer service guarantee not all competitors are offering.

The fanciful, well-built packaging opens to reveal a solidly constructed case, complete with an installation guide to make sure everything is air tight…

Five cases to protect your iPhone at the beach

It was a pleasant time, gathered with family on the sandy East coast beach. There was a gentle breeze and a calming 80 degree forecast. Everything was going perfectly until I had the displeasure of dropping my naked iPhone on the beach. What a way to kill your afternoon.

Obviously, when Sebastien asked me to do a beach-friendly iPhone case roundup, I was certainly onboard with the idea. After spending the remainder of the afternoon making homemade ice cream and sucking the sand out of my iPhone’s speakers, ports, and mute switch, I was cautiously excited to have removed all of the visible sand grains from my infected device. Nothing will stop your heart faster than dropping a $600 iPhone into the slushy beach sand, or swimming pool, or your favorite mixed drink, an oncoming wave, or everyone’s favorite place to drop a phone, the toilet.

Inside, I highlight multiple waterproof options to keep your Apple product safe from the elements this summer, and year-round for that matter…

Take your iPhone swimming this summer with the Scuba Suit

Summer’s almost here, meaning you might want to start preparing your iPhone for the water. Pool parties, river-floating and water parks are all possibilities during the popular season.

This means that if you don’t have a waterproof case, you might want to get one. And if you aren’t sure what to look for, you might want to start with the new Scuba Suit from Photojojo…

This 0.25 mm case makes your iPhone waterproof

Water damage. It’s a concern on the minds of nearly every major smartphone manufacturer out there, and their customers. And while companies like HZO and Liquipel are trying to change that, their technologies aren’t quite there yet.

So while we wait for some of the new-aged tech to mature, there’s still plenty of physical case options to choose from to make your iPhone waterproof. And if you happen to be a minimalist, you might want to check out the Case Marine…

Apple investigating new methods to detect water damage in iOS devices

The current method for detecting water damage on an iOS device is pretty ancient. Like other electronics, most of Apple’s mobile products have liquid contact indicators that change colors when the device comes in contact with excessive moisture.

The problem with these indicators is that they can sometimes change colors without ever being submerged in water. For instance, heavy humidity can cause a device to appear as if it has suffered severe water damage. So Apple is looking to change things…

Avoid water damage and more with LifeProof iPhone case

We’ve written about a number of “durable” iPhone cases here on iDB, including the Case-Mate Tank and the RainBallet. And in the comment threads of every one of those posts, readers kept bringing up the LifeProof case. So we figured we would mention it.

For those who haven’t heard of the LifeProof, it’s an ultra-durable iPhone case that’s thinner than the popular Otterbox Defender, and can handle much more punishment…

The Next iPhone Could be Waterproof

A week ago we told you about a company named Liquipel. As the name suggests, the company’s work involves an invisible, liquid-repelling coating that can make your iPhone and other gadgets completely waterproof.

But apparently, they’re not the only ones with the technology. A little Utah-based startup named HZO has a similar waterproof coating it’s working on called Waterblock. And word on the street is, Apple is interested…