What does the IP67 and IP68 rating of the iPhone mean? Can you swim with it, roll through the sand and leave it in the pouring rain? In this article, we’ll update you on IP67 and IP68 and what you should and shouldn’t do with the iPhone.
The water resistance of new iPhones is getting stronger and they are more resistant to dust and dirt than previous models. Apple speaks about IP67 and IP68, but what exactly does this mean and is such an iPhone waterproof? We will update you to what extent these iPhones are waterproof and can be used in a dirty or dusty environment.
- Water resistance by iPhone
- What are iP67 and IP68?
- Water resistant
- Showering, is that possible?
Water and dust resistance per iPhone
You are of course curious about how water resistant or dust resistant your iPhone is. That is why we have made an overview of all recent iPhones here:
|Fashion model||Water and dust resistance|
iPhone 11 Pro (Max)
|IP68: 4 meters deep up to 30 minutes|
|iPhone 11||IP68: 2 meters deep up to 30 minutes|
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
|IP67: 1 meter deep up to 30 minutes|
iPhone XS (Max)
|IP68: 2 meters deep up to 30 minutes|
|iPhone XR||IP67: 1 meter deep up to 30 minutes|
|iPhone X.||IP67: 1 meter deep up to 30 minutes|
iPhone 8 (Plus)
|IP67: 1 meter deep up to 30 minutes|
iPhone 7 (Plus) and older
|Not officially tested for water resistance and dust resistance|
What are IP67 and IP68?
The iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR and iPhone SE 2020 have official certification according to the IP67 standard. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and later are even the IP68 standard. In fact, such a standard means two things.
It first number, in this case the 6, indicates how dustproof the appliance is. The 6 is the highest value and this means that the device is completely dustproof. The housing is made in such a way that no dust can enter the device and is therefore protected against dust.
It second number in the IP67 and IP68 standard indicates how the device is protected against moisture. This number ranges from 0 to 9. The 7 indicates that the appliance is submersible. This means that the iPhone must be able to survive up to 1 meter under water for 30 minutes. Showering with an iPhone 7 or newer is therefore possible in principle, but we recommend not to make a habit of it.
The 8 in the IP68 standard of the iPhone XS and newer indicates that the device is waterproof. That means that the iPhone can last up to 2 meters under water for 30 minutes. So taking a picture with your iPhone XS when you go swimming is possible. With the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, this is even up to 4 meters deep for 30 minutes.
The water resistance decreases over time and at some point moisture can still get inside the device. In addition, moisture damage is not covered by the iPhone warranty.
Huh? A waterproof iPhone, but Apple does not reimburse?
Many people find it rather strange that the iPhone is water resistant, but that Apple does not guarantee it. That has to do with a number of things. First, the water resistance may decrease over time. The seal against water also decreases if the device has been open a few times for repairs (whether or not by Apple itself). Very complicated rules should then apply depending on the condition and age of your iPhone. If Apple gave firm guarantees, there would also be people who put their iPhone in a bucket of water for a week and then ‘demand’ that they get a brand new one. Who then has the burden of proof for how long and how deep the appliance has been immersed? Apple would rather not have long-term discussions arise from this. It would also give consumers a license to swim casually with their iPhone.
Another thing is that Apple’s water resistance is intended as an additional accident prevention service. You should see it mainly as a property that Apple gives to the iPhones, but that does not give Apple the obligation to guarantee it.
If you want to protect your iPhone better, take a waterproof iPhone case like the one from Lifeproof (from approx. 70 euros).
The iPhone is water resistant
This does not automatically mean that you can go swimming with it, because fully waterproof iPhones do not yet exist. The devices can withstand a heavy rain shower and will also survive a short immersion. Keep in mind, however, that any moisture damage is not covered by the iPhone warranty. In addition, dust and water resistance may decrease over time due to normal wear.
Apple reports the following on the website:
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have an IP68 rating under the IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 4 meters to 30 minutes). iPhone 11 has an IP68 rating under the IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters to 30 minutes). iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have an IP68 rating under the IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters to 30 minutes). iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have an IP67 rating under the IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth from 1 meter to 30 minutes). Splash, water and dust resistance may decrease over time due to normal wear. Fluid damage is not covered under warranty, but you may be able to claim rights under consumer law.
Showering with an iPhone, is that possible?
Because the newer iPhones are splash proof, you can indeed shower with them. It has already led to a new trend where people take selfies in the shower or use the iPhone to watch Netflix, for example.
The iPhone 7 is waterproof which means that I can now watch Netflix in the shower what a time to be alive
– Morgan Tate (@morgan_tape) October 7, 2016
If you want to know if your iPhone is waterproof, check the article below. In it we explain exactly which models can withstand water well and which ones you should be more careful with.