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iPhone XR How Are Latest iPhones Water Resistant?

ghsNick

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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?
 

NikkoTuason

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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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JPack

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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?

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.
 
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Falhófnir

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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.
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!
 
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Relentless Power

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How are the latest generations of iPhones water resistant?

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

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

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.

And how water resistant are they? Do they hold up over time or do they get worse with time?

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.
 

racerhomie

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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.
 
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MEJHarrison

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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.

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.
 
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Lekro

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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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