iPhone XR How Are Latest iPhones Water Resistant?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ghsNick, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    How are the latest generations of iPhones water resistant?

    I know they have added adhesives where the phone areas connects...but what about the speaker grill, lightning port, and earpiece grill...how are those areas water resistant?

    And how water resistant are they? Do they hold up over time or do they get worse with time?
  2. NikkoTuason macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2018
    I’ve been giving mine a good rinse with soap and water once a week since release to remove those annoying lint in the crevasse, it still works so far.

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  3. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    The earpiece and speaker have a fine mesh grille that allows sound to pass but holds back water. It also has a rubber gasket to prevent water ingress in those areas. The Lightning port has a gasket and the port itself is doesn’t have an opening.
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Water resistance can degrade over time due to simple day to day handling of the phone.
  5. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    You are a brave soul.o_O But the Xs is supposed to be ip68. Apple though will not replace water damaged devices.
  6. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Good luck with that. Tempting fate usually doesn’t end well.
  7. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    I wouldn’t make too much of a habit of it, the water integrity does degrade over time and you might run out of luck at some point - water is very good at finding the tiniest chink in waterproofing’s armour!
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Since the iPhone 7, Apple has been using seals to encompass the water resistance.

    Technically, none of those areas are ‘water resistant’, because they’re not necessarily completely sealed components, they just have a fine mesh like material that acts more of a guard if anything. The Sim card tray also has a seal surrounding it as well for added resistance.

    I literally say this maybe once a week on these threads, however water resistance is never a guarantee, it’s merely a rating, what one person might experience with their iPhone with water exposure, will not be the next experience for the other iPhone user that has water exposure as well.
  9. racerhomie macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2015
    The seals are made of rubber. Rubber wears down, develops tears over time,from drops,roughly using it ,etc. This will let water in. So ,do not intentionally throw your  or any other electronics in water.
  10. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2009
    To add to the voices saying "don't do that!", I'd like to point out that the soap lowers the surface tension of the water. So places that might keep water out, may have a more difficult time when you toss soap into the equation. So, double-bad idea.
  11. Lekro macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2019
    Budapest, Hungary
    Apple even mentions on their support page that the water resistance can and probably will deteriorate overtime with regular use of the device.

    For me, it is just there for “just in case”. I know my device is only IP67 not IP68 but still, washing, especially with soap is just asking for trouble.

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