It’s a reasonable question.
There seem to be a lot of iPhones now. So, how many of them are actually waterproof?
When did phones become waterproof in the first place?
To be clear, no iPhone currently on the market is totally waterproof. If you put a phone in water or any liquid for an extended period of time, it will die. As a result, companies commonly utilize the term “water-resistant.”
The International Electrotechnical Commission assigns ratings to devices to describe their durability. This is known as a device’s IP Code. The IP Code consists of two integers. The first value shows a device’s resistance to solid things (from 0 to 6, 0 being not protective at all). The second number reflects a device’s resistance to liquids (from 0 to 9, with 0 being completely impervious).
Which iPhone models are resistant to water?
The short answer is no. iPhone 7 and after, all the way up to the most recent iPhone 13. However, the level of security differs among the iPhones in this category – and there are a lot of them.
iPhone models and their level of security (IP Code)
The iPhone models listed below are the most water-resistant, with IP68 certification (maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes).
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone models below are slightly less water-resistant, and carry a rating of IP68 (maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes).
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone models below carry a rating of IP68 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes).
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
The iPhone models below carry a rating of IP67 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes).
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
According to Apple Support, a device’s protection grade is not permanent. If you submerge your iPhone 13 in water for 20 minutes, it should be pretty safe. However, if you continue to immerse it in water, the degree of protection it provides may deteriorate with time.
Check out the Apple Support website for this list, as well as recommendations on how to keep your iPhone safe from harm (avoid “swimming or bathing with your iPhone,” for example) and what to do if your iPhone becomes wet.