In 2016, Apple first launched the iPhone 7 and its older brother, the iPhone 7 Plus, with IP67 certification. This certificate means that these two phones are resistant to water penetration in laboratory conditions for a maximum of 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters. Now, after five generations, the iPhone 13 family of phones are resistant to water penetration for 30 minutes to a depth of 6 meters.
However, two people from New York and Southern California recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of providing false and misleading information. It was not long before the Italian regulator (AGCM) fined the Cupertinos tens of millions of euros on similar pretexts. A final court ruling has now been issued in Apple’s favor, acquitting the company of the charges.
In his final ruling, the trial judge said there was insufficient evidence of incorrect marketing and misleading users about its ability to withstand water intrusion. Also, the plaintiffs did not prove that their iPhones may have been damaged in the aforementioned conditions for Apple to leak liquids.
In general, Apple claims in the marketing of a number of different iPhone models, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR and iPhone XS, that these iPhones can last up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 to 4 meters against water penetration.
This is kind of a true claim; But in fact, these results are obtained in the laboratory and for IPXX certification; Therefore, not only iPhones, but any other smartphone that is advertised as a water-resistant product, in some scenarios, water may seep into it and cause damage.
If this happens, the warranty of almost all smartphones will be excluded from the warranty and it is the user who will have to pay all the repair costs; Therefore, we recommend that you protect yourself from water exposure as much as possible, regardless of IPXX certification support.