Apple might have made the iPhone 7 waterproof, but the warranty doesn't cover water damage

Apple might have made the iPhone 7 waterproof, but the warranty doesn't cover water damage
Apple made the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dust and water resistant enough to earn an IP67 certification rating. That means that either model can be submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes, and still emerge unscathed. Despite this feature, one that many iPhone fans have been hoping to see on the device for some time, you might not want to see your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus get wet at all.

That's because the warranty on the iPhone 7 (and the iPhone 7 Plus) says in the fine print that "Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear." In other words, over time the ability of the handset to resist water and liquids will fade. And right there in the warranty it says that liquid damage to the internal components of the iPhone 7 (and iPhone 7 Plus) are not covered by the warranty.

The water resistance of the new iPhone models is said to match the protection from liquids seen on the original Apple Watch. For the smartwatch, Apple said at the time of launch that "Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch under water is not recommended."

Apple is not alone on this. The warranty for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, both carrying an IP68 certification rating, state that the phones are not covered for water damage.

The bottom line is that even if you just want to take a shower with your iPhone 7, you might want to think twice about it. If for some reason water gets inside the phone, you will be SOL.


source: iDrop

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33 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Intelligent move from apple

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

False "innovation". #TimCookSucks

48. lyndon420

Posts: 6606; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You need to obsess less.

17. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Prepare your self for the inevitable "Water Gate" And "You're soaking it the wrong way"

37. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Seems like your easy green thumbs strategy is not working

38. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

iSheep detected.

57. Fraktal

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

Yup, a big one

43. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Now this is an article

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

finally!!!

4. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

This doesn't make sense, if the device came defected to begin with and the user used it under the rain and it turned out as water damaged then apple/oems have to replace them right? Cause it did not live up to its promises

47. AlikMalix unregistered

Katrina, you have consider that these waterproof features either on Apple or Samsung are limited to certain depth and duration - there's no way to prove how deep and how long the damaged device was submerged - and people will take advantage of the warranty just to get new devices. The protection is still there and I'm really happy that Apple officially confirmed that since iPhone 6s/6s+ was already water resistant as proven by many of YouTube videos. My wife also using her 6s without issues after dropping into the tub while taking photos of my 1 year old. But there's no significant change between iPhone 6s and 7 in their wsterpoofing feature - just that they're officialy calling it water resistant. And they are up to some point (Samsung, Apple, Sony, etc).

55. Seneca88

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

There's no room for common sense in this comment section!

58. Fraktal

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

Then don't call it WATERPROOF, it has some water resistance, that's it

5. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

In which i believe it is better to submerge it under right when you get the device to see if it came defected or not, and get a replacement early on

23. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

They promote this phone as water resistant, why submerged it underwater?

56. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Because they saw someone do it with a phone (doesn't even need to be same phone as they get)(and goes for other products then phones too) online and want to try it too. I forget which number this is on the repair technicians/or any engineers, "reasons for headache" list.

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's an impossible situation really - for manufacturers they want to offer better devices and waterproofing adds a lot to that, but at the same time they can't prove that if there's water damage the phone hasn't been taken down to 20ft+, well over the spec limit. For the end user we'd all like waterproof devices "just in case" but at the same time I'd be reluctant to go swimming with a phone when I know it won't be covered by warranty if there's water damage - even if I keep within the spec limits there's no way of knowing if there's a dodgy seal from manufacture. I see this kind of thing as a handy backup in-case you drop the phone in the sink or something but not something I'd want to risk a £700 loss on just for the sake of taking it in the pool! I actually expect in many cases Apple would replace the phone anyway but won't legally commit to anything just in-case.

7. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Water resistance*

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Let me guess, now still got lots of people without common sense loves to show-off?

11. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Apple is just being careful here. They know with every "revolutionary" technology that comes to the iPhone sparks a frenzy to all iSheeps out there. Eventually, every iSheep with an iPhone 7 will attempt so much to play with the phone's water resistant capabilities like Lil Wayne with the GS7 sh!t and it is highly likely, being a first time, iSheeps will drown their phones because they can hardly understand the difference between water resistance and waterproof =(

16. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You know the YouTube videos from bearded-hipster "testers" are coming... One will manage to find a problem with a seal once the they've tried to bend, scratch and drop the phone 30 times and then we'll have "Watergate" (the "gates" will have come full circle), the boards will go mad, there'll be huge outcry, Fandroids will be wetting themselves with glee (conveniently forgetting S7 Active)... Fun times ahead.

26. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

No problem, as long as Apple does not come out with a flimsy reason if that happens in mass scale. "You are taking a bath wrongly with your phone. Consider leaving it on the soap dish."

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 6938; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Waterproof means no water enters the phone if used like the manual is saying. If water enters the phone, the problem has a different source: for instance the phone was dropped, it was submerged deeper in salt water maybe or it was flawed from the start. It's only normal not to cover the user's fault.

31. Fona13A unregistered

You're horny the wrong way, mermaid.

34. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Because there won't be "water damage" when we talk about the iphone 7 / 7 plus :3

35. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

As long as I can walk down the street pouring bottle of Cristal on it I'm fine. Whaaaàat?

36. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Its ip67 not ip68. Not waterproof, water resistant. Ie to protect from basic spills and splashes, not take scuba diving.

39. squishypanda8

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Well for one it's water resistant not proof...

40. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge too?! Wow! I though IP68 it was serious enough.

42. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Very funy apple!! If you don't guarantee iphone7 so why you said it is water resistant!! I begin hate this company after I used 5 phones from them!!

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