Apple iPhone 7 still works after spending 13 hours in a frozen lake

Apple iPhone 7 still works after spending 13 hours in a frozen lake
An Apple iPhone 7 recently went through a real life testing of its ability to withstand exposure to extreme temperature. The owner of the handset was doing some ice fishing in Lena River in Siberia. Temperatures in that part of the world are typically bone chilling and the fisherman had to endure a frigid reading of -36 degrees centigrade. No matter how you slice it, that is cold. Trying to limit exposure to the air, the man was sitting inside a plywood hut with the ice hole cut out inside.

The fisherman would be used to such temperatures. After all, he lives in Yakutsk which is known as being the coldest place in the world. Despite being familiar with the cold, he somehow managed to drop his Apple iPhone 7 through the ice hole. With an IP67 certification rating, the phone is supposed to be able to survive getting submerged to as deep as 5-feet of water for as long as 30-minutes. The fisherman would not be able to retrieve the phone himself, so he decided to come back the next day with a diver.

The next day, the device was found in four feet of freezing cold water, where it had braved the elements for 13 hours after falling through the ice hole. Would it still work? The diver emerged from the ice hole with the iPhone 7 in hand and answered that question by telling the fisherman, "You've got a missed call!" During the night, The battery life had dropped from 35% to 19%.

We don't know how well the angler did with catching fish during his ice fishing session. What we do know is that thanks to the new water resistant capabilities of the iPhone 7, and the grace of God, the fisherman doesn't have to mourn 'the phone that got away.'


via DailyMail.co.uk

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52 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Sounds like a fish story to me :D

7. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Of course it does, and to the three people who upvoted your comment. You have an obligation to hate anything related to Apple :D

39. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You must be fun at parties.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Fishy indeed Look at that photo really good. Look how big the people are compared to the diver. The diver would not be that small looking. This is so fake.

36. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, that image is totally fake.. even with that blurry image, we know that iPhone7 have much much bigger bezel than that.. and what's with that screen? is that iOS lockscreen? more like android homescreen with widget

47. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I was making a sarcastic pun based on the story. Whether or not this story is legit is a different debate.

2. icr8du

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Of course it works!

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course it works. It was frozen. Frozen is not equal to being wet. I would guess that any waterproofed phone would last fronzen in water for years. The key word is FROZEN. if you freeze meat, it will last for 1000's of years. Proof? Woolly Mammoth were found frozen solid. They still had their hair and still had food they had just eaten in their stomachs. What I want to know is, how is this even news. Survives in water, but can't handle being dropped from 5'. Or blows up when you use a 3rd party charger.

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

It wasn't frozen/didn't freeze right away when it first fell in though. No one wants to hear the excuses

19. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

It wasn't frozen tho when it went into the UNFROZEN water. Obviously to fish, the water underneath the frozen surface has to be um unfrozen water. And if you look at the picture, the phone obviously isn't froze in a block of ice. I know, its an iPhone so you have to come up with some lame excuse to discredit the story. If this had been a samsung you'd be praising the durability of it, as your one of the most hypocritical trolls on this website. The phone got wet, it went into a body of WATER, not ice. So the IP67 water resistance worked, beyond what it is rated for. You can give whatever lame excuses you want, but the FACT, is that it survived being in water for 13 hrs. Get over it.

24. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The fact that the battery held on for all those hours in frigid waters shows how well Apple devices are in standby compared to the Android counterparts which rely on massive batteries.

25. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Not really. It probably helped the battery being cold. Heat is bad for batteries.

50. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Cold temps are also very bad for batteries. I take it you've never used a device in freezing temps as the battery drops quite a bit.

37. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. because apple himself made that battery /s

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didnt doscredit the story. I said aby phone thatbid waterproofed can survive the same. Inposted links in another post showing both and iPhone and the S7bwerw froxen in milk and water and even soda. Tbeubwrrw actually frozen in a block of ice and they survived. I didnt discrwsit the storu. I makde a factual statement saying the S8bcan so the dame yet i find it to be no big deal. Purposely abusimg a phone to get clicks whether it survivea the torture or not, id not news. Guesa what fool, i could toturw a human for countleas amounts of hours and not kill them. Is that news? How is this any different?

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didnt discredit the story. I said any phone that is waterproofed can survive the same. I posted links in another post showing both and iPhone and the S7 were frozen in milk and water and even soda. They actually frozen in a block of ice and they survived. I didnt discredit the story. I made a factual statement saying the S7 can so the same yet i find it to be no big deal. Purposely abusimg a phone to get clicks whether it survives the torture or not, is not news. Guess what fool, i could torture a human for countleas amounts of hours and not kill them. Is that news? How is this any different?

27. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

the purpose of techie's life is to hate on Apple, a company who obviously doesn't give a shiit about his/her opinion

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And its your life to make false statements so all your boyfriends stroke your ego with green thumbs. I simple said other phones have survived the same. This is not news. Ive seen videos where the S7 survived the same. I say the same its simply stupid and its not news. Taking a $800 phone and drowing it in cold water is stupid. Maybe i should i take my $50,000 car and drive it into. River and let it soak in ice cold water and then pull it out and see if it cranks up and works. Doesnt that sound stupid? Is this how you use your phone? Maybe you should freeze your brain in cold water for 13 hours and see if it works. Because like these fools above you who made false claims of what i said, neither one of you act like you even have a brain. I said the story is stupid. Its as stupid as ignorant people who crash cars on purpose so the airbag explodes in their face. If you are excited a phone can survive being abused then enjoy it and be happy. No one is taking your fun away. Just like how all you try to turn every Note 7 referance into some exploding joke. Somisnt that hate on your part? Or are you gonna be a hypocrite all your life. Abusing expensive products is stupid period. It has nothing to do with Apple. It has to do with stupid people who do ignorant stuff to expensive things, and then be the same ones who bitch and complain when their crap doesnt work. Using any product in any manner for anybreason outside of its rwason for existence, make you and idiot.

48. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Don't bother, it's fake anyway. Just take a good look at the photo.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iMammoth LOLLL.

33. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

....Or blows up when you use a 3rd party charger. At least not when using its own charger, after the second recall xD *waits for his essay and being called an apple fan/samsung troll*

3. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

You know water freezes at 0 right. Water below ice is above 0

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This is Phonearena, I'd be surprised if some of thar authors have made it through middle school.

8. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Are you stupid? The ENTIRE lake will NOT freeze at that temperature. The water converted to ice on the surface will be thicker as the temperature reduces. There will still be 'unfrozen' water below the surface. People on phonearena are dumb as hell.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While his statement is a little bit too black & white. -36 degrees celsius won't be the temperature when you dive under the ice, unless it's salty water. Even when water in the deeper end of the lake is under pressure, it would freeze at that temperature. Pressure lowers the freezing point, but only with a few degrees.

38. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he's right, the water below frozen surface is above 0 didn't you learn it from school about this basic stuff? or did you even go to school? here some source for you:https://evantoh23.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/will-the-whole-lake-be-frozen-during-winter-at-what-temperature-is-water-at-its-max-density/

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Probably tried to use it as bait, sadly that only works if used as a lure for surf fishing. https://youtu.be/a_vP1p_RVY8

5. Herro

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 19, 2016

At the deepest point the water was probably about 4 deg C. The length of time is impressive the temperature is not.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This guy frozwen both an iPhone and Galaxy S7 in Coke for 9 hours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWYHHNADK04 They both worked. Though the Galaxy still had battery power left. While the iPhone had to be charged first. 19 hours in milk -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULEKKPXGxkc Both survived. Again...such videos are all over youtube. Why is this a surprise. The waterproofing is up to 5 meters in just plain water. If you freeze it, the phone is simply in a frozen stated. There is no water to damage the internals. The worse that can happen is when you power on the phone, the parts heating up could blow up from the condensation. Geez PA. I realize Apple has NOTHING going on because basically they suck balls making one phone per year. But these little BS article you keep writing to try to make it seem no other device eon the planet is capable of such is lame. The Galaxy has been waterproofed since the S5 and people did similar stunts. I dont recall seeing any article about them. SO why now for Apple? BIASED MUCH!?

17. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Somebody's salty.

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