The new iPhone 7 hit Apple stores in September, bringing with it plenty of upgrades.
Brighter screen, faster processor and wider camera lens are incremental upgrades, but the phone does have some features we’ve never seen before on an iPhone.
Apple has, at last, taken strides to address the durability concerns with iPhones. And while a fall onto a hard floor is still likely to shatter your screen, dropping it into the bath won’t fry the electronics.
That’s because Apple has engineered the 7 and 7 Plus to achieve an IP67 durability rating, making them the first waterproof iPhone design.
Watch the video below to see how the phones dealt with a splashing:
Is the iPhone 7 as waterproof as Apple claims?
As you’d hope, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus survived their pressurised submersion.
The IP67 rating on the phones means they are immune to dust (that’s what the ‘6’ digit refers to in IP67), but there are caveats when it comes to water resistance.
Both phones can be submerged in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes (worthy of a ‘7’ rating – hence IP67). A deeper or longer dunk is not certified and may cause damage to the phone.
Other waterproof phones?
The 7 and 7 Plus can claim the crown for being the first waterproof iPhones, but other manufacturers have been making submersible phones for many years.
The Moto G
At the opposite end of the price spectrum to the S7 is the Moto G. Available at the budget price of £99, this handset has a peculiar IPX7 rating.
The ‘X’ means the phone isn’t protected against dust, but the ‘7’ means it can survive for up to half an hour in a metre of water, like the iPhone 7.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Both of Samsung’s latest flagships handsets are rated at IP68. That means they are dustproof and waterproof to a depth of 1.5 metres. That’s slightly deeper than the iPhone, but you shouldn’t be taking either of these phones diving.