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How waterproof is the iPhone 7?

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Last year we wrote an article about the water-resistant properties of the iPhone 6s. Apple never commented on these rumours, but for some time now the press have been expecting Apple to launch an officially water-resistant iPhone. That time has come with the iPhone 7.

So how waterproof is the iPhone 7?

Technically, the iPhone 7 is rated to IP67 standards, which means that it's rated for no ingress of dust at all for at least 8 hours, plus protection from immersion in up to 1m of fresh water for 30 minutes. Check out Wikipedia for the full list of IP codes and what they mean.

So if you drop your iPhone 7 in the toilet then there's a reasonable chance that it'll continue to work, provided that you let it dry out before trying to charge it - but Apple don't make any guarantees. If you visit the official Apple page it states:

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.

So while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shouldn't get damaged by water under normal day to day use, they won't be covering it under warranty. Only time will tell how water resistant the iPhone 7 really is, but in the meantime you'll probably want to consider getting iPhone insurance just in case.

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How does the iPhone 7 compare to other phones?

in the water-resistant stakes, the iPhone 7 is better than most - but it falls slightly short compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 7, and the latest range of Sony devices including the Xperia XZ. These are all rated to IP68 standards, which means that they'll resist water ingress up to a depth of 1.5 meters.

In real terms this probably won't make much difference to the average user. Both ratings assume that the phone is stationary while submerged, so you shouldn't be going swimming with any of them. And just like Apple, Samsung and Sony don't cover water damage under their device warranties.