Can the Apple iPhone SE survive an hour submerged in water?

Can the Apple iPhone SE survive an hour submerged in water?
No iPhone has ever had an official IP certification. However, that doesn't mean that the Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus and Apple iPhone SE melt when wet. The teardown of the new 4-inch model by iFixit shows "foamy silicone seals" that protect part of the connections on the logic board such as the connectors to the front and the rear camera, and the volume controls. The seals do not protect the LCD digitizer, battery, and Lightning connector assembly. 

An Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone SE and Apple iPhone 6s were each placed inside a container of water and submerged. After five minutes, the Apple iPhone 5s was struggling and would soon stop working. That left the the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. Both were still working at the 15-minute mark. Nine-minutes later, it appeared that the iPhone SE kicked the bucket. But as it turned out, the phone was merely sleeping and as the running stopwatch showed, it was still running in the background. Both phones managed to last an hour, and were still going when pulled out of the water.

After an hour under water, the iPhone SE was in pretty good shape as was the iPhone 6s. We wouldn't suggest submerging any iPhone in water. That's a task better suited for the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Sony Xperia Z5. Still, it is good to know that the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE should be able to survive a minor spill or a light rain storm. 

You can check out the water test by clicking on the video below. 

source: ZachStraley via RedmondPie



1. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

One more icrap article !!

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Don't like it? Don't read it. No-one's forcing you.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Does not matter. Once water damage indicator is flagged, Apple will void your warranty.

19. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

It will stop working within a few hours/days anyways.

34. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Agree 100%

41. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

To be fair, he probably didn't read it. He probalby just clicked on it for the sole purpose of saying "One more icrap article !!".

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Apple starts to feel jumpy when its sale is declining. Brace yourself! From now on you'll see more paid articles like this from Phonearena. I'm not surprised since such articles are on the rise, in order to please their typical sponsor which we already know.

27. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The funny thing is that we have yet to officially see their sales drop. Furthermore, Samsung sales have been tanking for a few years now and their is plenty of proof. Other Android manufacturers don't even register on Apple's radar. So, tell me what your point was again?

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually, in the past 24 hours there have only been 3 articles related to the iPhone out of 32 total (my count estimated 30-32 articles total in the past 24 hours). In other words, in the past 24 hours only about 10% of the articles were having to deal with Apple or the iPhone.

16. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Your full of crap troll.. These phones are not Water-resistance like the S7.. The article even said that the task was better suited for the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Sony Xperia Z5. How in the world is this a icrap article? Or another Apple PR? Aren't anyone allowed to report on one of the most popular phones in use today?

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yet you bothered to leave a crap comment on it. Green thumb w***e.

26. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I know. Who green thumbs useless comments like this. Anyway I thought the results of this test were pretty cool. Shows that Apple might have done a lot more R&D on the SE then a lot of people thought.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right. It seems like a pretty capable little device.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Its funnyvpeople do these stuff on their iPhones but they know damn well there isnt no ingress rating.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

is there any IP certification for 10cm underwater? :-/ repeat that test on 100cm or 150cm underwater

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, just laying them gently under water isn't how the IP rating works, but it is at least good that the newer ones don't break from accidental water, though even if they manage this, direct water or powerful sprays could probably still do something. Rating 6 is powerful jets of water. 5 is jets of water, so yeah, I would guess 4? splashes of water?

28. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

For me, this is more than enough protection, certified or not. Toilet drop, sink drop, rain, etc. your good.

29. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Mostly yes, but not being certified there's absolutely no guarantee that it will hold up, so yeah, tricky, you only need to be unlucky once, but that's the same with even the toughest screens now a days, they can have stood up to a lot of abuse, but one wrong drop might break it. Course phones are getting to the point where people need to fake their breaks in some video reviews, which is just sad, but good for customers.

4. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

enough with all this iphone crap iphonearena

21. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Go somewhere else.

6. f_u_006

Posts: 122; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Obviously its not waterproof, so it won't...oh wait i totally forgot, I am in planet Earth. Yes it does, and every other thing is possible, plus Donald Trump is a genius!

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 6s and 6s plus don't have waterproofing and they can last an hour in water.

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It can probably last, the 6s and 6s plus can.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Alan was thinking about doing a soak test.

12. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Galaxy S7 - 16 Hours In Water

13. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

One of my friends dropped his phone in the watter for few seconds. He still has it, but hundreds of problems.

17. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

What phone?

18. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

So the iPhone SE is water resistant (not waterproof) just like the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S5!!! Now that's a good thing to know ;)

22. davidsmith

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

What are you going to do with the water-logged phones ?

23. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Good work PA help Apple sell the old iPhone 5 called SE with false water resistance.

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