While you are waiting for iPhone 12 release date and specifications. You would want to ask some important questions if you previously own an iPhone like iPhone 11 pro such as whether the iPhone 12 is waterproof or water-resistant so that you would know whether you can use the iPhone underwater and it’ll not damage by water.
iPhone 11 Pro proved it worth with the ability to survive in 6.5 feet water for 30 minutes without the liquid finding its way into the phone. However, the iPhone 12 is yet another Apple device that the world is waiting for.
And now, the question is “is the iPhone 12 waterproof” or water-resistant and how long can it last underwater when submerged?
Do not mistake water-resistant device for waterproof. There is no Apple device that is 100% waterproof. When the iPhone 7 was released it came with “IP67” according to IEC standard. This means that the iPhone 7 has the highest “dust protection” rating and second top-level “moisture protection” rating.
This means that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can survive in water for 30 minutes if the water is not more than 3 feet. Although the iPhone 11 Pro can survive in 6.5 feet water for half an hour with “IP68” rating.
The “IP” stands for “Ingress Protection” which is used to measure the level at which materials can resist dust and water when exposed to them. Water splash isn’t a threat to iPhones from iPhone 7 to iPhone 11.
However, the case of the iPhone 12 being a waterproof or water-resistant device is what we want to know about. And probably, the iPhone 12 will last more than the iPhone 11 Pro when submerged in normal water (under normal atmospheric condition).
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Is the iPhone 12 Waterproof?
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max come with “IP68” rating which means that the Apple devices have the highest “dust protection” rating and “moisture protection” rating.
This means that iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max can survive water submerged in a 6.5 feet water for 30 minutes. That is the level the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max can protect themselves before water can damage it.
However, this is not to say that the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max cannot be damaged by water. Water damage phone very fast, however, in the case of iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, after 30 minutes in a 6.5 feet water, the liquid will find its way into phone compartments that are sealed and they will start to open up to allow the passage of water into the phone.
This means that you can only use your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max underwater for not more than 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max protect themselves against accidental water splash on the screen and the phone generally. This implies that the phones can resist water passage when they accidentally fall into a swimming pool and bathroom water.
iPhone 12 AppleCare Water Damage Warranty
AppleCare takes your iPhone damage and repair them for you for free when your warranty is still valid but not when it’s damaged by water or other liquid subsctnaces. The moment your phone is dropped in water and got damage, it voids your AppleCare warranty.
To repair it will cost you your hard-earned money rather than repairing it for free. For a single repair, you may be pushed to cough out $100. We advise you not to use your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max underwater.
Waterproof vs Water-resistant
When a device is waterproof it means that water cannot pass through it when exposed to it. A good example of waterproof material is your car roof when in good condition. As no amount of rain can pass through it.
However, a water resistance material has a limit with which the impervious of water is possible. Take, for instance, some smartwatches are water-resistant. They cannot stay long in water before they create a passage for the water and then damage them.
So, when you say iPhone 12 is water-resistant you are correct because with time the water can find it way. But, because 6.5 feet of water and half an hour “IP68” rating makes it look as if the device doesn’t allow the passage of water.