iPhone 6s Surprisingly Water Resistant, but Not Waterproof

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Since the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been out for a few days, some users have begun to test the breaking point of the new devices, especially in regards to the possibility of water resistance. A handful of YouTubers have put together some videos showcasing impressive results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, but the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.

    The first video pits the iPhone 6s Plus against the Galaxy S6 Edge in a small container, under a few inches of water. Each smartphone survived an impressive thirty minutes submerged under water, and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after a brief minute facing the same test.

    The second video crafts a similar test, but this time compares an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 6s Plus under similar amounts of water as Keller's video. After about an hour, both versions of the new iPhone retained functionality with features like the camera, 3D Touch, and other basic touch screen responses still intact. Zach Straley, the video's creator, followed up a few days later with an update video that showed both iPhones unlocking with Touch ID, having unaltered sound, and with completely functional charging ports and headphone jacks.

    Finally, iDeviceHelp posted a video a bit different than the previous two, this time submerging an iPhone 6s Plus into a swimming pool under four feet of water. After one minute, the phone displayed slight touch screen issues, but appeared relatively safe to use. After two full minutes underwater, the device's screen began to fade out, then turned off and refused to reboot a few moments afterwards. A few minutes later, the iPhone 6s Plus grew hotter and hotter, and about two hours later it was completely dead and couldn't be woken up.

    Overall, it appears that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have seen measured improvements in water resistance over last year's models, but complete submergence under liquids up to a few feet will still cause the new devices to meet their demise. So while new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users can rest assured a small amount of rain or other liquid won't immediately harm their device, larger accidents like dropping it into a swimming pool or lake are still cause for concern.

    It should be noted that even under a few inches of water, the iPhones didn't come away completely unscathed, Straley noting in his follow-up video that the iPhone 6s in particular saw a slight digital aberration in the form of a diagonal line across the top of the screen. Still, it appears that Apple has made a noticeable attempt to bolster the iPhone's waterproof quality, which may lend early rumors of the "iPhone 7" a small bit of credibility.

    Article Link: iPhone 6s Surprisingly Water Resistant, but Not Waterproof
  2. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    Is this what's referred to as "click baiting"? Because obviously this phone isn't waterproof, and yet we have articles like this one, aka "water is wet".
  3. carrrrrlos macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2010
  4. Alex Moran macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2015
  5. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    so a swimming pool is filled with chlorine or bromine, would like to have seen a comparable submersion test in 4 feet of "regular" water for comparison sake. or 2" of swimming pool water. the ions and chemicals in the pool could react differently to the phone's internals than plain water.
  6. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    While I'll admit to enjoying the drop tests and even the bend tests, this one hurts my heart.
  7. Oblivious.Robot, Sep 28, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2015

    Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    Maybe Apple is just paving the way for iPhone 7. :cool:

    On unrelated note, are we throwing iPhones in water to celebrate water/life on Mars perhaps? XD
  8. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    I'm just glad they're not sticking gasket cover things on the ports...

  9. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
    A monkey knows that there is a difference when you submerge it in a bowl of water and swimming pool.
  10. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    People thought the iPhone 6s was water resistant? Why???
  11. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    It depends on what's in the water I think.

    Regular distilled water doesn't have any minerals, so it doesn't short out the components inside the phone.

    It's not water itself that shorts out the components.

    (If I'm wrong, don't yell at me. I'm not a physicist.)
  12. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    This is excellent for most people. The majority of water damage I've seen for phones comes from dropping them into the sink, toilet or bathtub. This should provide plenty of protection for those environments and I'm sure will be welcome by those who have toddlers. People aren't going to go swimming with their phone.
  13. perkedel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2014
    this is probably designed so it would cut down on apple care claim on water damage; a slight dunk to the toilet bowl, a splash while walking at the beach, or dropped to kitchen sink full of water should not affect the new 6s.

    it wasn't really designed for use while swimming. Then again, knowing stupidity, someone will out-idiot your idiotproof design.
  14. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I have a feeling that the iPhone 7 or 7s will be labeled as water resistant similar to the Apple Watch. There's a chance that Apple might go the inductive charging route with a diagnostic port for fixing issues, and the new device may be too thin for a headphone jack so it could ship with bluetooth headphones. They could also use a built-in programmable SIM with no port access. If they implement Touch ID into the display using 3D Touch, the thing will be rather closed up and ready for easier waterproofing.
  15. jaydee24601 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    Donate, please, the expenditures from these phone ruination-romps to some needy children or something, please ...
  16. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Oh rats...
    All along I was under the impression that they were focused on Pluto :D
  17. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    Poor Pluto can't catch a break, demoted and now even lost its spotlight lol. :p
  18. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Ugh, stupidity never ends with some people in this world. If an electronic product suddenly gets HOT after being in water for 2 minutes then don't handle the damn thing with bare hands. Ever thought about getting shocked? Sheesh. All these clickbait YouTube videos.....
  19. cjc2104 macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2013
    New York, New York
    Definitely good to know, however, since Apple isn't noting this as an official device feature water damage probably won't be covered by Applecare or the 1 year warranty. I am very surprised though. Hopefully they make this an official feature on the iPhone7 along with wireless charging...
  20. pwhitehead macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2011
    new jersey
    I think it'll be more safe to say that its water resistant.
  21. j_farago macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2015
    Of course it didn't work in the pool test, he didn't download the waterproof app.
  22. Sonmi451 Suspended

    Aug 28, 2014
    When will the clickbait stop? When will macrumors stop pushing articles like this? Where is your integrity?
  23. commander.data macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    Doesn't Apple generally under-promise these things to avoid too many liability complaints? Apple says the Apple Watch is only water resistant but people have shown it's waterproof enough to go in the swimming pool with it. In this case, Apple doesn't claim it, but the iPhone 6s probably qualifies as water resistant. This is probably intended as more of a customer experience benefit against incident water contact like splashes from the rain or the faucet rather than officially marketed as a feature so as to discourage people from using the phone in those situations.
  24. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    Apple never claimed the iPhone 6S was waterproof.. Not sure what these tests are supposed to prove or disprove.
  25. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Both my sister and mother have dropped their iPhone 3GS in a toilet and the phones didn't survive. They'll be happy to know that the 6S can be thrown into the toilet with an above-average succes rate.

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