Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones have more RAM, faster processors, and better cameras than their predecessors, not to mention that fancy new 3D Touch Display technology.
But one feature Apple didn’t mention when the company announced the phones? Water resistance.
Officially, there’s no reason to think an iPhone 6s would keep working after taking a bath. But a YouTube video making the rounds shows that the new iPhones are actually water resistant.
Zach Straley dropped the two phones into bowls of water and turned on timers. After an hour underwater, he was able to take both phones out and use them. The touchscreens, cameras, and performance seemed to be unaffected.
Two days later, he posted another video showing that the phones continue to work.
So what’s going on? The folks at iFixit have a theory: Apple did add some water resistant features to the phones, but the company didn’t advertise the feature because it’s not complete.
There are silicone seals around cable connectors and gasket lining the inside of the phone’s case. But when iFixit tore apart the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, it didn’t find any evidence that Apple had done anything to waterproof the speaker or headphone areas.
Still, Straley notes that the speaker, charging port, headphone jack, and other hardware all seems to work even after his phones spent an hour in the water. There is a diagonal line on the screen of one of the phones though — which might be why Apple isn’t describing its phones as waterproof: water can damage the phones.
That said, it’s nice to know that there’s at least some water resistance. If these phones can perform as well as they have after spending 60 minutes underwater, it’s probably not the end of the world if they get splashed with water from a sink or get rained on. They might even be able to survive a fall into a toilet bowl… if you’re brave enough to fish them back out. Just don’t expect your warranty to cover any water that does occur, since officially the phones are not waterproof.
Want proof that it’s a bad idea to intentionally wet your new iPhone? The folks at 9to5Mac and i Fix Your i noticed that after dunking the phone and opening the case there was some moisture inside by the ear speaker, charging port, and rear camera.