iPhone 6 went for a swim

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by markhort, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. markhort macrumors 6502a

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    So a family member iP6 went for a swim a few weeks ago, managed to turn off the phone and had a load a silicone gel packs so put the iP in there for the last couple of weeks. Took it out today, turned on surprisingly, fully charged and working.

    My question is do I trust the phone, have a feeling in the back of my mind that the phone will burst into flames. Should I take it to Apple and see if they could give it a once over.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    If it's fully charged and working, just keep on using it. Spills and water damage have a way of showing up along down the road... so keep an eye on it and be sure to make frequent backups.
     
  3. markhort thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, that's what I've read also.
     
  4. ClaveMan macrumors member

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    I dunked my iPhone 6S Plus 128GB last Monday. It was in maybe 5 seconds. Everything worked except microphone, ear speaker (phone), regular speaker. Day two the speaker and microphone came back, but display started acting funny. Very hard to edit text. I couldn't select the text precisely under my finger. A few whig-outs (screen jumps). Two days later the phone is like new.

    So now I have another conundrum. Get a refurbished replacement for $149 from my insurance company ($940 phone) even though it works fine. Sounds like the phone may malfunction down the road. How does a working phone with positive water indicators at all orifices affect resale? i.e I can sell my phone unlocked right now for about $800? With water intrusion indicated, how much is it worth?

    Uggh. This is my second claim with AT&T $7 per month insurance. Fantastic insurance. They will cover you even if you walk away from your phone on a park bench. They covered me for a simply broken motherboard. A $99 deductible and now a $149 deductible (both discounted from $199 for not making too many claims) for 2 phone replacements. The first claim upgraded me from an iPhone 6 Plus to an iPhone 6S Plus for no charge (cause they stopped making iPhone 6 Plus). Bottom line is they gave me $1880 in replacement phones for $240. Take that AppleCare.
     
  5. markhort thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Little update, the iPhone started to experience some display issues, the screen wasn't functioning correctly. So I made an appointment with Apple at my local Apple Store. Thinking we would have to pay the £190 for a replacement due to the water damage.

    However, when we arrived and explained what was wrong and what happened, they checked over the phone they did a display test and said they would replace the iPhone for free due to the water indicators within the phone not displaying red, and the test showing a fault with the display.

    Fantastic result. Thank you, Apple Store in Watford!
     
  6. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816

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    This is great news! Did you have AppleCare on this phone?

    I just did the exact same thing. 5-10 second swim, immediately turned off. Currently sitting in rice. I don't have AppleCare.
     
  7. markhort thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope no AppleCare, the iphone was only 5 months old. Fingers crossed you are lucky as well.
     
  8. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816

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    Terrible news...despite being in the water for 5-10 seconds, and immediately turnig off and then going in rice for 48 hours, the phone was completely bricked. Wouldn't turn on.

    Good news: Apple got me a new one for $99. Thanks apple care!
     
  9. markhort thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Applecare+ is great. Glad you got it sorted.
     
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    Oh wow, that's amazing. Can't believe none of the sensors were tripped. Excellent luck!
     
  11. markhort thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know tell me about it, she was so lucky.
     
  12. ClaveMan macrumors member

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    After my 5 second dunk, the phone ws in bad shape (no sound, intermittent problems with screen. After three days it was fine. I had Asurion insurance through AT&T or I could go to the Apple Store for ($350?) with no questions asked replacement of my $940 iPhone 6S Plus 128GB phone.

    Right now your phone may look fine and perform just fine. Problem is resale. Now you have to divulge the water incident because every viewable orifice of your phone has a water detection indicator which is now RED. So.. if you don't have insurance, wait it out. If it fails, $350? (not sure but close) at the Apple Store. Know you lost up to %30 of your value.

    I am betting iPhone 7 will be totally waterproof. This is just like the Gorilla Glass (Corning) seems to get better each year. I wouldn't bother putting a screen cover on a 6S.
     
  13. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Rumor is that the iPhone 7 will be water resistant, not waterproof. In other words, don't go swimming with your new iPhone 7, but should be OK if you're caught in a sudden rain shower. :apple::p
     
  14. ClaveMan macrumors member

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    I remember watching some of those idiots on YouTube two years ago taking brand new iPhone 6's out of the box and torturing them (do they make enough money on Google ads to justify that?). One of the videos dunked an iPhone 6 for 5-10 seconds. They noted how it worked perfectly. They noted that Apple made great strides to male customers happy by placing gaskets in phone. Not enough gaskets for me. You can't gasket the headphone jack - thus one more reason to eliminate it.
     
  15. ClaveMan macrumors member

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    [update]
    Just in case you are curious, after two $940 claims in 6 months AT&T (Asurion) mobile insurance politely dropped me by post. My first claim was absolutely "touch disease". Oh well..
    --- Post Merged, Dec 1, 2016 ---
    I bought a Lifeproof Fre to keep my phone from the dreaded dunk tank. Anyone who thinks a $99 "waterproof" case is going to keep their $940 iPhone dry is nuts (good luck sorting out getting a free iPhone and free replacement $99 case). Buy a $200 waterproof GoPro and go nuts in the drink..
     

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