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Next iPhone Said to Have Even Better IP68-Rated Water Resistance

Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature IP68-rated water resistance, which would be an improvement over the IP67-certified iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to The Korea Herald. Samsung's Galaxy S7 is IP68 certified, and the Galaxy S8 is naturally rumored to be as well.

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In the IP68 rating, the "6" means the next iPhone would remain effectively dustproof, with "no ingress of dust" and "complete protection against contact," while the "8" means the device will be even more water resistant. The Galaxy S7 is able to withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

For comparison, IP67-rated devices like the iPhone 7 offer the same protection against dust but only have water damage protection against immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter by definition. However, while keeping your device dry is best, tests have shown the iPhone 7 is typically more water resistant than advertised.

Apple describes the iPhone 7 as "splash and water resistant," but its fine print warns that "splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear." Despite having an IP67 rating, liquid damage is still not covered under Apple's warranty.

Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017)
Tag: koreaherald.com


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11 weeks ago

This whole "water resistance" is meaningless if Apple will not stand by their product and replace it because of water damage, in my opinion. Until they do that, I won't be testing out the water resistance.

No company replaces their water resistant devices if customers device messes up from water. Itll never happen, Samsung doesnt do it, no one does..
Rating: 57 Votes
11 weeks ago
This whole "water resistance" is meaningless if Apple will not stand by their product and replace it because of water damage, in my opinion. Until they do that, I won't be testing out the water resistance.
Rating: 56 Votes
11 weeks ago

This whole "water resistance" is meaningless if Apple will not stand by their product and replace it because of water damage, in my opinion. Until they do that, I won't be testing out the water resistance.


It's water resistance, not idiot proof.
Rating: 42 Votes
11 weeks ago

This whole "water resistance" is meaningless if Apple will not stand by their product and replace it because of water damage, in my opinion. Until they do that, I won't be testing out the water resistance.


It's not meant to be a feature customers "test"...
Out of curiosity, did you "test" the air bags in your car ?
Rating: 31 Votes
11 weeks ago

Then the whole advertisement of using it in the rain is potentially harmful and lying, is it not? It may not protect the phone in such an environment.

I think the problem with your idea is how would Apple know if your phone's innards got wet from rain or from your scuba diving in 100 feet of water?
Rating: 28 Votes
11 weeks ago

This whole "water resistance" is meaningless if Apple will not stand by their product and replace it because of water damage, in my opinion. Until they do that, I won't be testing out the water resistance.

Your argument is nonsense. Water resistance is improving. Water damage becomes less likely. Things what would have created water damage two years ago will not create water damage now. But _if_ there is water damage, it's because there was more water than the phone could handle, so it's your fault.
Rating: 28 Votes
11 weeks ago

Add this to the list of features I simply could not care about. Everything with Apple products these days are gimmicks, not advancements.

IP68 rating is a gimmick to you? Its a improvement over the IP67 rating in the 7
Rating: 27 Votes
11 weeks ago

This whole "water resistance" is meaningless if Apple will not stand by their product and replace it because of water damage, in my opinion. Until they do that, I won't be testing out the water resistance.


Water resistance is meaningful exactly to diminish the incidence of water accidents.
Rating: 27 Votes
11 weeks ago

No company replaces their water resistant devices if customers device messes up from water. Itll never happen, Samsung doesnt do it, no one does..

Then the whole advertisement of using it in the rain is potentially harmful and lying, is it not? It may not protect the phone in such an environment.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 weeks ago
Add this to the list of features I simply could not care about. Everything with Apple products these days are gimmicks, not advancements.
Rating: 17 Votes

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