The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone that is waterproof and it comes with a fairly high waterproof rating – IP67 which is essentially ‘splash resistant’.
The downside is that should any part of the phone stop working if it was to ever get wet Apple won’t fix it for free as water damage isn’t’ actually covered by the warranty.
Apple’s warranty makes it clear that water damage is still possible, despite its IP67 rating, so therefore is not covered.
The warranty reads: “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,” Apple’s official website reads.
“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.”
It appears that the kind of “wear” that is being referred to is things such as getting the device wet from a shower or perhaps even a seriously heavy downpour.
The phone will not be water resistant if left in water for a prolonged period.
With that being said, Apple has claimed the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus should be able to stand up to most water.
At a recent event, the company showed a man falling into a pool with their phone. Apple implied that this would not be a problem.
The new device has the same water resistance rating as the first version of the Apple Watch.
Apple never actually claimed that the watch was waterproof although many people have reported that it has been able to last through multiple swims and heavy exposure to water.
Whether you’d want to risk testing out just how waterproof your expensive new iPhone is is another matter entirely!