iPhone survives 6 months in a lake, 6 feet underwater

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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1. wendygarett unregistered


39. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

2. Astro551

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 18, 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..

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

16. vddeguzman

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

21. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

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

22. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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 :/

38. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

lol hes right

41. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 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?

28. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

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

34. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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 -__-

14. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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!

19. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

so he got an iphone with a smaller display

23. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 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

27. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

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

44. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

4. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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

5. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010


40. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

iAgree with U

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

7. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

9. gunnroses

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 12, 2012


10. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

iphones survive 6 months underwater and elves exist.

11. oying24

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 26, 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

12. Astro551

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 18, 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)

13. wendygarett unregistered

LOL every phone can actually survive if you lucky :)

15. vikram_s69

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 07, 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.

26. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

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