DID you know that the pricey iPhone in your pocket is waterproof?
Alas, not everyone is aware that Apple’s handsets got the prized IP67 rating – which basically indicates that a device is dust and water-resistant – starting with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in 2017.
Getty – Contributor Apple’s iPhone 7 and beyond are waterproof in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes
And since then, the durable label has come as standard on Apple blowers, including its latest flagships the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the £999 iPhone X.
But when you’re paying upwards of £600 for a phone, you’re understandably going to be a bit shaky about taking it for a dip – IP-rating or no IP-rating.
That’s why we’ve detailed the facts on the iPhone’s waterproof credentials. Spoiler alert: you still shouldn’t be taking selfies with it in the shower.
Your iPhone is waterproof, but what exactly does that mean?
Although Apple began releasing waterproof iPhones last year, you may not want to risk taking one in the shower completely unprotected.
Truly waterproof phones? IP67 vs IP68
IP67 and IP68 are the two most common protection ratings for consumer devices Both indicate a phone is dust and waterproof The first digit shows the phone’s resistant to dust, and the second water In the case of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the dust-rating is 6 for “No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight)” The water rating of the two Apple devices is 7 for ptotection for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water Comparably, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a water rating of 8, meaning it can be under water for 30 mins at depths of up to 1.5 meters IP stands for the “International Protection” rating and is set by the International Electrotechnical Commission
Especially, if you own a costly flagship, like the iPhone X.
That device – along with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus – is IP67-rated, meaning it can survive in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
Now, you may be thinking ‘I don’t take showers for that long, so my iPhone should be fine.’
Not necessarily. In fact, Apple advises against it.
“To prevent liquid damage…avoid…exposing your iPhone to pressurized water or high velocity water, such as when showering,” states the company on its support page.