Apple’s iPhone 6s/Plus may be secretly waterproof

“Apple hasn’t advertised the iPhone 6s as being waterproof, but it seems that the new handset (unofficially) isn’t totally adverse to taking a dip,” Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac.

“In a new video test, YouTuber Zach Straley submerged both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in a bowl of water and let them sit there for an hour, powered up. While the test certainly isn’t comprehensive,” Dormehl reports, “it certainly bodes well if you happen to accidentally drop your iPhone 6s in the bath or down the toilet sometime in the next year.”

Dormehl reports, “Again, Apple hasn’t discussed the Apple Watch’s water-resistant qualities in any of its advertising or literature.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We advise that you keep your iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units as dry as possible, but it’s certainly just like Apple to under-promise — or, in this case, non-promise — and over-deliver.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. I am pretty sure the main reason Apple doesn’t promote this is because they would then be libel for giving people a new phone or their money back if the phone stopped working. Not an experience apple wants to promote. And Samsung promoted theirs as waterproof and I am sure a majority of the time it works, but do a google search and you can see people’s videos and articles where their Waterproof Samsung failed. I assume Samsung promotes this to make themselves appear like they have a one up on Apple, differentiate the phone in the market, but in reality both phones probably have similar waterproof abilities. At least as far as I have seen on a bunch of YouTube videos. I’m not going to test it myself of course.

      1. A great strategy on the part of Apple, coat the phones with Neverwet and don’t publicize it. Keep selling the insurance part but watch your claims from water damage simply dry up, (pun intended). They are not stupid.

  2. I think it’s “accidentally” water proof. I was so happy to see the video, over the weekend. I have had concerns over what case to buy to reduce risks from water damage, as my kids get phones as hand me downs. Sure they won’t have the 6S model, but they will some day.

    If you review the iFixit teardown, you will notice the screen appears to be glued down to the body. Add to that, some gaskets around the buttons, and the iPhone now appears to be water resistant. It really could be water proof, but wouldn’t iFixit have notice this? They did not comment on that.

    Now I want to go back an review their teardown again and see if they did pick up on the water proof, and if they have any new comments about it.

  3. Do people realize that pure water is a very poor conductor of electricity? Corrosion is the bigger culprit here. Over time, if the water is in contact with dissimilar metal, the contact points with corrode and not make proper connection.

    1. True, pure, deionized water is actually an insulator
      BUT, pure, deionized water in contact with almost anything (even pure glass or crystal) will etch the surroundings and thereby pull ions into solution (in the case of glass, silicon and oxygen) that then make it conductive. Metal is the most gracious in it’s offering of ions to that kind of water, and will render pure water conductive in short order

      Plus, there is not much “pure” water in my toilet, or the ocean, or any lake, or… even out of my tap, for that matter, even distilled water has ionic content that renders it conductive. Creating “pure” (deionized) water is only for chemists, wafer manufacturers, and some other industries and is very rare and expensive.

      just sayin’ i aint droppin’ mine in there inniehow !-)

  4. Great, thorough research, guys:

    “And since Apple Watch is water resistant, you don’t have to worry about getting sweat on it or working out in the rain.(2)

    And the footnote it points to:

    “Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant.”

    1. “Apple hasn’t discussed the Apple Watch’s water-resistant qualities”

      I saw that, too. I think they just typed the wrong thing in the original article. The word “Again” tells me they mean to continue talking about the iPhone 6S, not the Apple Watch.

  5. I dropped my 6 Plus in a bucket of water. It was in a case. I fished it out as quickly as possible, removed the case and dried it off. The only problem I could find was that the mic didn’t work, but I didn’t find that out until I made a call. I took it to the Apple store and they told me the moisture sensors did not indicate any water had penetrated the phone, so they replaced it without charge.

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