Radical test shows Apple lowballed the record iPhone 11 Pro water resistance


While they still carry an IP68 water-resistance certification, Apple doubled down on the depth you can submerge the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max to, going from spending half an hour at 2m, to surviving as deep as 4m (13 feet). 

That's a lot tighter sealing and copious adhesive application, though something tells us that the previous iPhone models could have survived such depth, too, just without Apple's guarantee. The poor iPhone 11 still stays rated for 2m depth and shouts something about discrimination, though.

What better way to test the new (and old) certification than to actually take the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro on an underwater drone ride at much deeper dives than Apple's warranty allows. Thus, they were both tied to a Trident drone and dunked in Monterey Bay. 

Needless to say, the iPhone 11 Pro survived Apple's 4m rating for 30 minutes and things worked after that. The kicker, however, is that the iPhone 11 also made it, and only the speaker sounded somewhat more muffled than the one on the more expensive sibling.

You won't believe what followed!


With this bait-y heading out of the way, we'd have to say that submerging both iPhones to double and triple the depths that Apple rates them for is not for the faint of heart, but the Trident did it. Surprise, surprise, the iPhone 11 Pro and even the iPhone 11 managed to work even after spending half an hour at 12 meters (39 feet), save for the aforementioned speaker muffling, and even that was gone in a few days when they dried out completely. 

Was there rice involved? History is silent on that one, but evidently, just as with most water-resistance rated handsets, the new iPhones can survive at much larger depths than they are rated for. Long term damage, though? We'd have to get back to you on that:

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iPhone 11 Pro
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3046 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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