iPhone XS and XS Max Feature Upgraded IP68 Water and Dust Resistance

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the new features included in Apple's high-end OLED iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is improved water and dust resistance, with the two devices now offering an IP68 rating, equivalent to Samsung's Galaxy S9 smartphones.

    The IP68 rating means the iPhone XS and XS Max can withstand water up to two meters (6.6 feet) deep for approximately 30 minutes. In this number, the IP6x rating refers to dust resistance while the 8 represents water resistance.


    IP6x is the highest dust resistance rating, so the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are fully protected from dust and dirt. The new IP68 rating is up from the IP67 rating of previous iPhones.

    Apple's iPhone XR is also water and dust resistant, but it is IP67 rated rather than IP68 rated, like the iPhone X. IP67 means that the iPhone XR can withstand immersion in water up to one meter (3.3 feet) for 30 minutes.

    Apple does not cover any kind of water damage to its iOS devices, so it's always best to use caution when exposing a water resistant iPhone to liquids.

    Apple also warns that seals against water resistance can weaken over time, which is another reason why it's best not to deliberately expose iPhones to moisture. In general, though, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will hold up to accidental splashes of water and rain.

    The Apple Watch Series 4, also newly announced, continues to feature the same water resistance rating as the Apple Watch Series 3. It has a water resistance of rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010.

    That means the Apple Watch Series 4 is suitable for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or an ocean, but it should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities that involve exposure to deep water or high-velocity water.

    Article Link: iPhone XS and XS Max Feature Upgraded IP68 Water and Dust Resistance
  2. Reapro macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    Apple started the presentation with this 'big' announcement. From that moment on I knew it would be the smallest update Apple has ever introduced.
  3. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    The new IPx resistance rating is useful when you're financially underwater after paying for the phone.
  4. Bin Cook Suspended

    Jun 16, 2018
    Are we going to get a blog post on every single feature? Can’t wait for the whole blog dedicated to the XR’s 321 PPI.
  5. alpi123 macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2014
    Exactly my thoughts.
  6. Cryates macrumors 68000

    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
  7. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Nice to see the bump on this, keep on refining them.
  8. marine0816 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2011
    Glad i didn't wait, that massive screen and you still can't do picture in picture. Note 9 far more superior
  9. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    When the iPhone 7 got IP67, Apple Care didn’t cover water damage to the phone. It was really intended to help mitigate risk of the phone getting damage from accidental water submersion.

    Does that change with IP68? The Series 2 Watch and newer is also IP68 and actually advertised and designed to be used submersed under water.
  10. JWiLL1988 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2017
    Tell that to their sales dept.
  11. 33man macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    Why no one say a word about no landscape mode for home screen/dashboard... My 7plus is great as I put on the car holder in landscape mode...

    Now the XS max seems only portrait mode, maybe due to faceid... So that shows no good new for iPads... Maybe that's why they were not announced yet...
  12. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    i'm buying it...maxi size...been waiting since last year.
  13. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2016
    Any Android devices are not absolutely not superior than iPhone in security feature. No reasonable and logical cyber security experts will ever recommend android. Open environment development of android operating devices make all android devices extremely vulnerable for hacking compared to iOS exclusive environment development.
    Android devices might be cheaper but they sacrifice security element in them.
  14. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    So let's say I go kayaking and don't *plan* to roll my kayak, though that's always a possibility. Would it be safe to put an iPhone XS in my pocket? I considered buying an Apple Watch for kayaking but would rather just stick to my phone..
  15. QuarterSwede, Sep 12, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018

    QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    It’s rated at 2m for 30min under water. I’d still use a dry case or box personally. It would probably survive but do you want to take that chance? Besides if it comes out kayaking it’ll probably be lost. Put it in something that floats. This is coming from someone who lost his Apple Watch Series 3 to the Atlantic Ocean. The bands don’t float.
  16. veechu macrumors newbie


    Aug 11, 2016
    Iphone X was rated IP67 but I just used it in a swimming pool and its gone. Apple shouldn't advertise any feature that is not covered by warranty. Otherwise its fraud.
  17. McDLT macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2006
  18. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    The IP rating test is a static test done in controlled conditions and does not account for variable pressures associated with moving water of varying depths. IP68 is not designed to protect you from kayaking mishaps. Better safe than sorry. QuarterSwede has good advice.

    This. It would probably survive. Unnecessarily risking a $1K+ phone on a 50/50 proposition seems...
  19. Oldfash33 macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2011
  20. rydewnd2 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    New York City
  21. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    The video. Is it supposed to be anecdotal evidence of something? A refutation of my claim perhaps? Unfortunately it isn't and it doesn't. It is an interesting video though, so it does have that going for it.
  22. loybond macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    The True North, Strong and Free
    I agree, they shouldn't even advertise it as a feature. I took my 7 in the water, and it was mostly fine, except for the speaker sounding a bit funny.

  23. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    Yeah seriously, I had my 7 plus, took it in the shower, down thrill water slides, etc and it was fine. I take it in the pool for 5 seconds once, after 8 months and the taptic engine stopped working. Now with my X I took it in the shower, again water parks, and it was always fine. Last week I took it to Cesears Palace and dropped it in the pool for 5 seconds and caput it went.
  24. loybond macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    The True North, Strong and Free
    After the dramatic IP68 stuff they showed today, I better not hear of even one iPhone Xs dying in a swimming pool.

  25. DeepIn2U, Sep 12, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018

    DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    This is straight up BS marketing using an industry standard rating yet Apple is using their own scapegoat and NOT fully backing this standard rating from warranty!!

    To me this is false advertisement and should be barred form using this standard. Glue is not a good way to standardize nor test on this rating. Glue under heat/cold will wear or dry up over time hence why Apple is warning against hr rating over time. Most users, especially now with eSIM and potential carrier support, rarely remove the SIM card often.
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