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iPhone survives 6 months in a lake, 6 feet underwater

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iPhone survives 6 months in a lake, 6 feet underwater
Here’s a story that borders with the impossible - an iPhone was dropped in a lake and stayed there for six months. All hope was lost and Ken Hovanes, the iPhone owner got a new device. Then water levels came down and after nearly half a year the lost iPhone laid right where it was dropped, in the lake.

It might be a surprise that the user found it, but it’s an even bigger shock that it actually worked. With a couple of artifacts on the screen, and some swelling on the back, admittedly, but that’s a little price to pay for a working iPhone.

Interesetingly, other users have also chimed in on the thread saying that for example one dropped an iPhone in a pool for a couple of months and it similarly worked. That’s a pretty inexplicable mystery, though. Usually water damage kills a device within seconds and not even minutes.

source: Reddit via 9to5Mac

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posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:33 6

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


THAT's MINE!!!
RETURN TO ME!!!!

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 19:06 1

39. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


YOU WISH, SO SCREW YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:38 10

2. Astro551 (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


what the heck? was it fully submerged..? that really seems impossible even after some intense drying... I'd be surprised if an iphone could last an instant under water let alone 6 months..

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:01 19

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Seems like water also did damage to the language pack xD
See, the phone showing lines in two languages, on the same screens...

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:24 6

16. vddeguzman (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


That's sharp of you to catch! Yeah, i think the screen is a fake. 2 languages in a screen is just not possible.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 06:54 5

21. rahulcena5565 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)


Haha, ignorant you, when an iPhone is unactivated, it shows the unlock in & different languages apart from the preset language!

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:13 1

22. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I don't wanna destroy my fawking braincells by learning that iKnowledge but you said it now... this is like... the lamest thing I've learned today :/

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 16:59

38. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


lol hes right

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 21:13

41. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Are you aware that before an iPhone is activated, the language of "Drag to Unlock" rotates languages while the message above stays the same?

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:23

28. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


Bizarrely ignorant. Perhaps if some of you even bothered trying an iPhone before casting judgement.. No no, that's too much to ask.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 12:36

34. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lmao.. you iFollowers do really accept anything they throw @ you xD Do you say, I am Bizarrely ignorant because I don't know that the iPhone, when unactivated shows two different languages on same screen?
As I've already said... lamest thing that I learned today -__-

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:16 6

14. Hammerfest (Posts: 367; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I have dropped a few devices in water (Windows Mobile phone and an Android phone), thankfully, both where off, and both survived the trip.

My WinMo phone the screen was shot, but my Android phone survived just fine... keep in mind, I took the back off mine and gave the easily removable parts a Simple Green bath then let the parts dry in a big sealed bag of rice for 2 weeks before I reassembled them and went about my business...

Not really all that suprising!

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 06:15 6

19. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 154; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


so he got an iphone with a smaller display

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:31 2

23. doejon (Posts: 321; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


fake story made by apple just like ouu our employee forgot the new iphone prototype in a bar.. lol just want the people to keep hyping..
cuz there is nothing left to hype haha

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:14 3

27. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


" the owner got a new device".
sooo.... which one did he get (lol its probably an android)

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 12:33

44. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Haha my sister is pissed cuz her iphone wont' even last 10 seconds in the water hahahaha

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:41 8

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Best is do a test by putting iPhone in a 1000 ml beaker of water for 1 day :)

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:43 5

4. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


whoa!! nice going there... if its true

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:47 11

5. rahulcena5565 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)


iFake

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 19:08 1

40. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


iAgree with U

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:49 6

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Why not let an iPhone face the test like those people did on Lumia 900... heat it, freeze it, submerge it and let us see how much calibre it shows !! I don't buy such 'ohmygod it works' stories like this.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 03:54 14

7. ikkuh (Posts: 34; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Perhaps every iPhone-owner can drop their iPhone on the bottom of that lake. :)

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:03 3

9. gunnroses (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


fake!!!!

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:06 6

10. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


iphones survive 6 months underwater and elves exist.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:06 3

11. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


again and again..same old crying android fans.. believe it or not,its ur choice,but bashing is not the way of not believng it.. sad but true. hays

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:11 2

12. Astro551 (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


it's not even an iphone thing (i've got my gripes with apple but this aint one). any piece of technology like a smartphone shouldn't be able to survive that long submerged under water -.- (unless it's waterproof obviously... even then)

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:13

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


LOL every phone can actually survive if you lucky :)

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:17 2

15. vikram_s69 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)


Actually the water of the lake was full of "Phone Arena" Essence that let the iPhone survive as we have seen in days comparisons.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:58

26. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Nah man... PA is changing. Read Michael's articles for example.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:40 1

30. -box- (Posts: 3744; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


the "reality distortion field" kept the damage to a minimum.... /S

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:26 1

17. bluexperia (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Interesetingly.... seems legit...

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 04:27 1

18. zippolite28 (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


my apple died in a small swimming pool just in few seconds :(

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 06:28

20. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


please turn off the phone 1st before swimming

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 11:10

33. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Is phonearena an iphone site? because even in your article comparison with iphone 5 and galaxy note 2 ,I notice your commentry leaning towards the iphone in your comment in areas where the note 2 should have been the better

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 12:46

36. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


PA will keep putting out iPhone articles because Fandroids get their panties in such a bunch over them.. More page hits = more ad revenue.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:49

24. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 115; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I see this post only on this site

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:49

25. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 416; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


wait, activate iPhone? so the phone was not used before it was in the lake? Sorry, but I have no experience on activting iPhones.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:29 4

29. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if the iphone was battery dead when it dropped in the water, it wouldnt have shorted out. In order for there to be a short, there has to be electricity. Any electronic can survive water as long as there is no electricity running through it. Then you just have to worry about corrosion and things that dissolve in water.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 10:09

31. mtajulmuluk (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


Since 2010 i use an android, untill 2012. But, i know android was same ui from low to top level, same screen condition, make me bored, and now, i use an Iphone. Best ever, nice to use and comfort. And for another strongest iphone, see the traveller film. Thereis any Iphone 3gs still works after get burst in the salt water or sea

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 12:40

35. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Same UI??!!?!? Android has evolved much more drastically than IOS....WTH

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 21:26

42. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1566; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Man you will really get bored with iOS same ui since 2007. Nice try troll

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 10:50

32. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


people will say and do anything to get publicity

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 12:53

37. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Iphone survives 6 months in a lake, Please. An iphone can barely survive a drop on the floor without something being wrong with it.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 21:28

43. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1566; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


And he just happened to check the lake for 6 months? Why not go swim for it? Hmmmm

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