Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus are water-resistant, but liquid damage not covered

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus are water-resistant, but liquid damage is not covered. Here's what it means.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: September 12, 2016 12:19 pm
Apple, Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 warranty, iPhone 7 liquid damage, Apple iPhone 7 water-resistant, Apple water-resistance explained, Apple iPhone 7 Plus India Price, iPhone 7 price, iPhone 7 warranty terms Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus’ are water-resistant, but liquid damage is not covered by warranty. (Source: Reuters)

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant and come with a IP67 rating, but that doesn’t cover liquid damage under the warranty. According to Apple’s own press release, the phones have an IP67 rating under IEC standard 60529 which comes after being tested in controlled laboratory conditions, but there is a catch. The Cupertino-based company warns this water, dust resistance is not a permanent condition, and it “might decrease as a result of normal wear.”

Apple’s fine-print asks users not to charge a wet iPhone, and states liquid damage is not covered under warranty. So what does all of this really mean for users? First, an IP67 rating means the phone is dust-resistant, and can be dropped in water deeper than one metre. However, it needs to taken out quickly, for it to work fine. Take note that water-resistance doesn’t mean you can take your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for a long swim in the pool. You can do that only with the new Apple Watch Series 2.

Apple has also specific instructions for drying out the iPhone 7 series after a user gets them wet, so those need to be followed as well in order to keep the warranty intact. Also as we had noted in an earlier article on waterproof phones, most of these certification tests only account for ‘water’ resistance.

If you decide to dunk the iPhone 7 into alcohol or coca-cola or any other liquid, there’s a good chance of liquid damage, and as Apple makes it clear, the warranty will go void. More importantly taking the iPhone 7 for a swim in the sea with its salty water could result in damage, which won’t be covered by the IP67 certification. End result: warranty will again be void.

All tests which determine a phone’s water resistance are conducted under “strict parameters” and that also means only fresh water. So non-water liquids, sea water, etc are out of the question if you want to keep the warranty on your new iPhone, or any other water-resistant phone for that matter.

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus will launch in India on October 7, and the starting price will be Rs 60,000 for the 32GB model. Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus will come in 32, 128 and 256 GB version; there’s a $100 price difference between each model in the US.

Also read: Apple iPhone 7 Plus dual rear camera is more trouble for camera industry

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus run the quad-core 64-bit A10 Fusion chip, and have the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, although with a wide colour gamut for natural and vivid colour reproduction.

Apple has also re-designed the Home button for Haptic feedback support, and ditched 3.5mm headphone jack for Lightning connector powered EarPods. The iPhone 7 Plus gets a dual-rear camera set-up with f/1.8 aperture and a professional Portrait mode as well as 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.