Apple was boasting yesterday , during the presentation of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, of one of the new features it had been able to implement in its new terminals. The elimination of the 3.5mm jack headphone connection allowed the company to make technological breakthroughs such as the inclusion of a larger battery or the resistance to water and dust itself.
The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus arrived yesterday with the IP67 protocol . This is water and dust resistance, but let’s not kid ourselves, it’s only minor protection, as our iPhone 7 can only be splashed with water and dust without being damaged. However, a recent report has brought to light something that we feared and that Sony had already done with its Xperia Z range terminals.
Before you start planning your trip to the depths of the ocean, we’d like to clarify an important issue for you: Apple will not cover liquid damage to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus , as will the new Apple Watch Series 2. Apple has notified this with respect to the wearable:
This is the same as “we are not going to cover those damages because we have warned you” . IP67 protection is an international standard for electronic devices. The ‘6’ refers to the level of resistance to dust and sand, which translates into 8 hours of exposure to these materials , without causing any internal damage.
The ‘7’ means that the device is protected from a certain amount of water, which does not include immersion. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should be able to be protected by this protocol IP67 with up to 30 minutes of immersion to less than 1 meter of depth. However, Apple has notified that:
Before you get too excited about Apple, it’s worth noting that you’re not alone in the marketplace. The IP68 protection of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also offers a relative resistance , as it guarantees immersion up to 1.5 metres, with no possibility of coverage for liquid damage. Even the Sony Xperia Z5, used underwater in its promotional ads, is also criticized by some problems with water damage coverage .