The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both received an IP67 rating, which means the phones can survive being dropped in water up to 1 meter in depth for 30 minutes. It also means they are completely dust resistant to survive Burning Man and other dry, dusty environments.
Despite the IP67 rating for both new models, Apple makes clear that “liquid damage is not covered under warranty” and lists a number of forbidden pursuits for you and your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
Activities to avoid
Apple does not recommend you swim or bathe with the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus or otherwise intentionally submerge it. Other activities Apple suggests you avoid with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are:
- Water skiing
- Jet skiing
The above activities expose your iPhone to pressurized water or soapy, salty or chlorinated water. Dropping your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus into fresh water is one thing; exposing it to detergents, salt and chemicals is another.
How to dry a wet iPhone
Since liquid damage isn’t covered by the warranty, it’s important to know what to do if you drop your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in the toilet or another body of water.
Step 1: Remove your iPhone from the water, unplug any cables or dongles, and wipe it off with a cloth. Apple suggests a soft, lint-free cloth. But if the thing is dust resistant, it has to be lint resistant so I suggest grabbing the nearest towel if your collection of soft, lint-free clothes isn’t handy.
Step 2: Remove water from the Lightning connector by tapping the phone gently against your hand with the Lightning connector facing down.
Step 3: Let it air dry. Place the iPhone in a dry spot with some airflow — near an open window, perhaps. Better yet, put it in front of a fan so that cool air is blowing directly into the Lightning connector. A fan is okay to aid the drying process but do not use a can of compressed air or an external heat source. Apple also recommends against using a cotton swab or paper towel or inserting any foreign object into the Lightning connector.
Step 4: Wait at least 5 hours before attempting to charge it. Apple says to wait at least 5 hours before plugging anything into the Lightning connector. Apple also suggests waiting until the phone is completely dry before opening the SIM tray.
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