Rumor had it that the recently launched iPhone is pretty close to being waterproof, and that Apple is ready to align to the Android devices’ ability to survive a short trip underwater. However, fans might have to wait until the next release for the complete waterproof version, according to a new post from iFixit.
After tearing apart the iPhone 6S – the website’s full-time job is to dissect everything Apple produces – iFixit found that both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus seem to be more water-resistant than any of the previous iterations of the smartphone. They advise against a complete dip of your new iPhone in the sink, but also revealed a little more protection against a little splish-splash.
Even though Apple hasn’t used this “ability” as a marketing technique, the theory had to be tested. Some brave Apple fans accepted the challenge and proceeded to introduce their brand new iPhones to the aquatic world. In spite of the occasional issues, the result was clear: liquid damage has significantly less power over the 6s and 6s Plus.
iFixit warns, however, that the devices are far from completely waterproof, so jumping in a pool with the smartphone in your pocket is still not a good idea. After dissembling one of the new iPhones, the iFixit team discovered the slightly larger frame fits in a tiny protective gasket.
Moreover, the found that all the cable connections included in the device’s logic boards is protected by a small, silicon seal. So even if Apple avoided marketing this hardware feature, it’s pretty clear the design was made to include a protection for the otherwise fragile elements that could be damaged when exposed to liquid.
The reason why the new iPhones are merely water-resistant and not waterproof is because Apple has neglected to protect other potential points where water could drip into the device. The speakers and the headphone jack are still prone to let water – or coffee or soda or whatever – get into your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.
Your brand new smartphone might be able to survive some drops of liquid, but maybe it’s best if you pretend you haven’t read this article and keep your iPhone away from water, just as you would with any of the other non-waterproof iPhones.
But should the unthinkable happen, know that a bit of dry rice can do miracles in absorbing the water, provided that you didn’t go overboard and completely baptized your new iPhone.
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