iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Survive Hot Coffee, Soda, and the Ocean in New Videos

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With the launch of a new iPhone comes an inevitable collection of videos that put the device to its limits to see how well it stands up against Apple's durability claims. Earlier today, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything put the iPhone 7 under a few intense scratch and bend tests, and now a few more videos have emerged online, mainly focusing on the new iPhone's IP67 water resistance.

This water resistance means the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are able to withstand 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, making the iPhone easily resistant to splashes and quick, accidental submersion, but not much else. In one waterproofing test from Infohut, basic shallow submersion of an iPhone 7 Plus in a glass of water proved that it kept receiving phone calls, texts, and notifications without failing.


Later in the video, the iPhone gets a bit more of a beating with the addition of soda and hot coffee inside of the glass. Although diluted thanks to the addition of water, the iPhone 7 Plus remained functional in the test, with the tester noting that "there's no distortion, not even the touch screen is going crazy," even in the face of the heated liquid. The "vacuum sealed" enclosure surrounding the inside of the iPhone is also dissected towards the end of the video.

In a shorter video, the iPhone 7 faced an outdoor waterproof test at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. During the test, the device was submerged in the salt water at 1 meter for twenty seconds and, similar to the previous test, it came out unscathed.


Although YouTube is quickly becoming inundated with iPhone 7 stress tests, iFixit has a live-streaming swimming test going on this afternoon. At the time of writing, the iPhone 7 remained working in the water surpassing the two hour mark, well above Apple's thirty minute claim. Earlier today, the site posted teardowns of all the new Apple devices, including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2.


The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch has been met with mixed reactions from Apple fans, thanks to low stock of new colors and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, and delayed shipment dates from retailers like Best Buy and Target. Even the line count has decreased from previous years according to Piper Jaffray, which counted around 400 people in line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York, down from around 650 for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and some 1,880 for the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

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keysofanxiety

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If somebody gets their new iPhone rejected for warranty repair due to liquid damage, you'd definitely know they've been abusing it (based on these videos). Should make warranty cases a little easier.

I say that, but they'll claim they once got mildly splashed by a car while the phone was in their hand, and start a class-action lawsuit out of the whole thing.
 

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People should keep in mind that water damage is not covered by warranty.

You will be lucky more often, but if you try this at home and your phone drowns, you can buy a new one yourself.
 

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Per another MR article about the bend test where it mentions that "waterproofing adhesive between the screen and the frame does begin to tear when significant pressure is applied" - is probably the reason Apple states that water resistance may fade over time. They want to cover their *butts* for when people sit on their phones or otherwise put enough stress on it to compromise the the sealing.

If my assumption is true, this makes me feel a bit better about long term water resistence as long as I don't put undue stress on it which has never been a problem for me - I never put it in my back pockets or sit with it in front pockets when wearing more restrictive pants.
 
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Who’s paying for these phones? Like the JerryRigEverything guy that supposedly purchaesd the iPhone 7, having purchaed 30-something various phones previously. Ceratinly ad revenue alone can’t justify this expense? Or am I underestimating what’s to be made by YouTubers?
People who have very large numbers of YT subscribers can rake in some serious green.
 

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Still not sure why people even bother with drop tests these days either. We all know what will happen to delicate things i.e. Glass when it is dropped. Stop wasting resources and give up on the 15 min of fame. They seem like such a big waste of time.
 
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