Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News
The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are pretty water resistant.
The bad news is that they’re not waterproof and it’s a bad idea to go swimming with them.
A group of YouTube users have put together some videos showcasing the results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, although the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.
The first video has both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy S6 Edge being submerged in a few inches of water. The two handsets survived being submerged for 30 minutes and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after a brief minute facing the same test.
The second video compares an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 6s plus under the same conditions. After about an hour, both versions of the new iPhone retained functionality with features like the camera, 3D Touch, and other basic touch screen responses still intact. The video includes a follow up in which Zach Straley tests the handsets a few days later to find that both iPhones still had unlocking with Touch ID, unaltered sound, and completely functional charging ports and headphone jacks.
A recent video from iDeviceHelp tested the handsets, this time submerging an iPhone 6s Plus into a swimming pool under four feet of water. After one minute, the phone displayed slight touch screen issues, but appeared relatively safe to use. After two full minutes underwater, the device’s screen began to fade out, then turned off and refused to reboot a few moments afterwards. A few minutes later, the iPhone 6s Plus grew hotter and hotter, and about two hours later it was completely dead and couldn’t be woken up.
The end results show that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus demonstrate measured improvements in water resistance over the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but complete submergence under liquids up to a few feet will still cause the new devices to meet their demise. They should be able to handle small amounts of liquid exposure, but don’t take them on the deep sea dive of your dreams.
Finally, the iPhones didn’t come away completely unscathed. Straley noted in his follow-up video that the iPhone 6s in particular saw a slight digital aberration in the form of a diagonal line across the top of the screen.