Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Have Same Water Resistance as iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max became available to order less than a month ago, the rumor mill is already looking ahead to next year.


    In a research note to investors, shared by the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said 2019 iPhones will have the same IP68-rated water resistance as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Both devices are water resistant up to a depth of two meters for up to 30 minutes.

    Kuo said that "the new iPhone waterproof specifications will remain unchanged next year," according to a translated version of the report.

    IP codes refer to the degree of protection an iPhone has against dust and liquid. The "6" means the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are dustproof, while the "8" represents the highest level of liquid resistance.

    IP68 is effectively the highest rating iPhones can achieve under the IP code standard, but there is no limit on conditions like water depth and pressure. 2019 iPhones could have had IP68-rated water resistance up to three meters, for example, but that will not be the case according to Kuo.

    This isn't really bad news, as YouTubers have subjected the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to a variety of extreme underwater tests, and the devices have generally remained functional. That doesn't mean you should go swimming with your bare iPhone, however, as liquid damage is only covered with AppleCare+.

    All in all, this is a relatively minor data point about 2019 iPhones, but one to add to the list as we continue to learn about next year's models.

    Article Link: Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Have Same Water Resistance as iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  2. H.E. Pennypacker macrumors 6502

    H.E. Pennypacker

    Oct 23, 2017
    Has anyone dropped their phone in a toilet as they were peeing?
  3. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    When Big Phil was talking about the liquids they tested the XS against, I was waiting for him to say pee, which would be the obvious one!
  4. benshive macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    Honestly I'm just curious what they're going to name them
  5. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    Hey, I think the water resistance on the iPhone is just fine now. What I really wanna see is the same water resistance the iPhone enjoys applied to the iPads! I travel & backpack a lot. The iPad is my go to device for editing photos & videos while on the road. Although I protect it while traveling, I am always nervous about my iPad during a downpour while backpacking thru different countries. I would feel a whole lot better if Apple gave their iPads better water resistance like their iPhones.
  6. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    I’m more curious about the XR replacement/upgrade.
  7. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    This is completely unacceptable. I have cancelled my order for the iPhone XI as a result of this
  8. GrumpyMom, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2018

    GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    If they even make another generation, I am thinking we will get a 512 GB storage option. Oh the excitement! /s

    I don’t usually do sarcasm, but I think I need another cup of coffee because this gray day is darkening my soul.

    Edit to add: Siri has improved. It has stopped hearing me wrong most of the time. I am using it a lot but in the same way I use Bixby on my S9+. I use it as a verbal shortcut to the functions of my phone. I do ask it questions and it answers them better than it used to. So yes, there’s evidence some work is being done to Siri. Baby steps.
  9. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    If I had an umbrella with a waterproof phone, I still wouldn't deliberately get it wet like the photo is depicting.
  10. [AUT] Thomas macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2016
    Graz [Austria]
    Captain Obvious strikes again!

    "while the "8" represents the highest level of liquid resistance." Current iPhones are already rated 8...
  11. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    My wife did, well it was in her back pocket and fell out after said bodily ablution. Sadly as it's an iPhone SE it was ruined (might try a new battery at some point!)
  12. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    2019 can't come soon enough for iphoneland. Waterproofing is the last thing on users minds.
  13. NightFox macrumors 68020


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    Does IP68 mean no more iPhone leaks?

    Maybe Apple will do a Spinal Tap and crank the iPhone XI all the way up to IP79 for that magical “one more thing”
  14. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Those things might be dust proof, but pocket lint can and will render the Lightning port inoperable until the lint is removed.
  15. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Kuo really going out on a limb here with this prediction...
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    Only one reasonable option I can see: time to finally remove the lightning port.
  16. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    My dreams of having a phone that can resist 30 min at the bottom of the ocean have been shattered!!
  17. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    He probably waiting on the iPhone X-R to be released then he drops all the leaks about 2019 iPhones
  18. cbird007 macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2010
  19. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Like most of his predictions ...... think of something then one week say that something is true, and then the following week say it is false. Claim to be Nostradamus when one of you "predictions" is true.
  20. Justanotherfanboy macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2018
    Me too!
    I have a makeshift stand I set my 10.5” iPad on to watch Netflix or Prime while I’m taking a soak... still, always nervous that somehow it will hop into the tub with me, lol.
  21. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    iPhone Y and iPhone Y Max obviously.

    does the iPhone survive salt water or is that eating away the sealing? Any tests with salt water available to watch?
  22. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    That’s cool...just as long as your iPad isn’t plugged in while you take a soak!
  23. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    My money is XI and XI Max
  24. Justanotherfanboy macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2018
    Sounds like an episode of CSI. ;0)

    But seriously... I’ve always thought waterproofing would be great on iPad!
    I like to use it to listen to music while shaving, to play singalong songs for my daughters while bathing them, etc.
    Lol, also with it replacing the old “newspaper or magazine, while on the john”, I’d say that they get a fair bit of use by many people in a room with multiple water sources (including steam), in a fairly small area- couldn’t hurt to have some additional protection worked into the device!
    Also hoping they have those new “toughest glass ever” screens... recently found out the hard way just how expensive the 10.5” screen was to replace. =/
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    I hope they stick w/ X & go with code names!
    (like MacOS, née OS X)
  25. MrJeffreyGee, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 15, 2018

    MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    I remember when LifeProof was the ****. I wonder what ever happened to that company. It was so annoying when they took forever to put out a case when a new iPhone was released. Not to mention when they changed material quality and cases were less durable.

    Oh, and yeah... The iPad needs serious waterproofing too Apple.

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