iPhone Water-Resistant IP68 Rating Explained: What It Really Means

2019-01-09 1056 Posted by 3uTools

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max might sport the same design as the iPhone X but they do offer one key improvement in this department: an improved IP rating. Unlike the iPhone X’s IP67 certification, the iPhone XS and XS Max feature an IP68 certification.

What does this certification mean though? Does it mean the iPhone Xs and Xs Max are waterproof? Read below to know more.

iPhone Water-Resistant IP68 Rating Explained: What It Really Means

iPhone XS IP68 Water-Resistant Certification Explained

The IP in the ‘IP68′ stands for Ingress Protection, while the ’68’ refers to the level of protection. IP68 is the highest level of certification that a consumer device can get.

The ‘6’ in IP68 stands for protection against dust ingress while the ‘8’ stands for protection against liquid ingress. Both are at the very highest level possible which means the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max offer among the best dust and water-resistance possible. Yes, water-resistant and not waterproof. There’s a world of difference between the two terms and you should treat your iPhone accordingly.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max water-resistance capabilities are not as good as the Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 4 which means you should not take the phone swimming with you.

Apple, however, claims that the IP68 certification on the iPhone XS and XS Max is good enough for 2m depth for up to 30 minutes. Plus, Apple has tested the water-resistance capabilities in other forms of liquid, including beer, as well which is always a good thing. Just for comparison, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 carry an IP67 certification which means they are water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1m.

Please note:

Apple’s standard warranty still does not account for any liquid damage. This means that if you somehow end up liquid damaging your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, Apple will not repair or replace the device for free. Instead, you will have to shell out money from your own pocket to get the device repaired.

It’s also important to note that the water-resistance rating of a smartphone can actually go down over time due to wear and tear. 

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