What does the IP67 and IP68 rating of the iPhone mean?

What do the IP67 and IP68 rating of the iPhone mean? Can you swim with it, roll through the sand and leave it in the pouring rain? In this article, we talk about IP67 and IP68 and what you can and cannot do with the iPhone.
The iPhones released in the past year are much more water resistant and resistant to dust and dirt than previous models. Apple talks about IP67 and IP68, but what exactly does this mean and is such an iPhone watertight? We talk to you about the extent to which these iPhones are waterproof and can be used in a dirty or dusty environment.

What is IP67 and IP68?

The iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone XR have an official certification according to the IP67 standard. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are even IP68 standards. Such a standard actually means two things.

The first number, in this case, the 6, indicates how dustproof the device is. The 6 is the highest value and this means that the device is completely dustproof. The housing is made in such a way that no dust can penetrate into the device and is therefore protected against dust.

The second number in the IP67 and IP68 standard indicates how the device is protected against moisture. This number runs from 0 to 9. The 7 indicates that the device is submersible. This means that the iPhone must be able to survive up to 1 meter under water for 30 minutes. Taking a shower with an iPhone 7 or newer is, therefore, possible in principle, but we recommend that you do not make a habit of it.

The 8 in the IP68 standard of the iPhone XS indicates that the device is waterproof. That means that the iPhone will last up to 2 meters underwater for 30 minutes. Taking a photo with your iPhone XS when you go swimming is therefore possible.

The water resistance diminishes over time and at some point moisture can enter the device. In addition, moisture damage is not covered by the iPhone warranty.

Huh? A watertight iPhone, but Apple doesn’t pay anything?

Many people find it rather strange that the iPhone is water-resistant, but that Apple has no guarantee. That has to do with a number of things. Firstly, water resistance may decrease over time. The water seal is also reduced if the device has been open a few times for repairs (whether or not by Apple itself). Very complicated rules should then apply, depending on the condition and age of your iPhone. If Apple gave hard guarantees, there would also be people who put their iPhone in a bucket of water for a week and then ‘demand’ that they get a brand new one. With whom then does the burden of proof lie how long and how deeply the device has been submerged? Apple would rather not have this lead to long-term discussions. It would also give consumers a license to go swimming with their iPhone carelessly.

Another thing is that Apple’s water resistance is meant as an extra service against accidents. You should see it primarily as a feature that Apple gives to the iPhones, but that does not give Apple the obligation to give a warranty on it.

The iPhone is water resistant

This does not automatically mean that you can go swimming with it, because fully waterproof iPhones do not yet exist. The devices can withstand a heavy rain shower and will also survive a short immersion. However, keep in mind that any moisture damage is not covered by the iPhone warranty . In addition, dust and water resistance can decrease over time due to normal wear.

Apple reports the following on their website:

iPhone 7 , iPhone 7 Plus , iPhone 8 , iPhone 8 Plus , iPhone X , iPhone XS , iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are splash, water and dust resistant and tested under controlled conditions. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max comply with resistance standard IP68 according to IEC standard 60529 (up to 30 minutes and 2 meters deep), and iPhone 7 , iPhone 7 Plus , iPhone 8 , iPhone 8 Plus , iPhone X and iPhone XRcomply with resistance standard IP67 according to IEC standard 60529 (up to 30 minutes and 1 meter deep). Splash, water and dust resistance can decrease over time due to normal wear and tear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone. Consult the manual for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage is not covered by the warranty.

Shower with an iPhone, is that possible?

Because the newer iPhones are splash-proof, you can indeed shower with them. It has already led to a new trend in which people take selfies in the shower or use the iPhone to watch Netflix, for example.

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