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New rubber gaskets around buttons help iPhone 6/Plus withstand brief dips in water


In iFixit’s ritual dismantling of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last week, the repair company noted that Apple had started including rubber gaskets around the power and volume buttons likely in an effort to make the iPhone more water and dust resistant.

Similar gaskets surround the volume buttons. Altogether, this seems to represent a move toward increased water/dust resistance, and therefore improved durability.


How did Apple do? Well iPhone warranty provider Squaretrade was able to dunk both the 6 and 6 Plus for 10 seconds without any real damage. While this is indeed nice to have, especially for those of us who like to take our iPhones with us to the pool, it is by no means a guarantee like Samsung and Sony have on some of their phones.

And then there is the toilet. If you are willing to go after your iPhone 6 within a few seconds, you might actually have a good chance at saving it.

The slightly amphibious nature of the iPhone 6 isn’t entirely new either. Previous iPhones have been able to go underwater for a few seconds (see iPhone 5c below) but as you can see buttons and features rapidly begin to fail. 

(via iPhoneCruncher)

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  1. fredhstein - 8 years ago

    I’d like to see Apple go all “in”… to the water. Make all iOS products, and the Apple Watch, water proof.

    • PMZanetti - 8 years ago

      I would just as soon be more careful.

      • Rusty (@gruffgeek) - 8 years ago

        Careful or not, accidents still happen… they’d probably save enough money on repairs to justify any additional expense of waterproofing. It may not be a *must-have* but why let them off the hook that easily? We pay a premium for our devices, a list of things we’d like to see is not unreasonable. :)

  2. actually Samsung says their phone is waterproof, but they don’t have a guarantee.

    • Samsung’s hopefully it’s waterproof warranty: ” Limited Warranty does not cover: (a) defects or damage resulting from accident, misuse, abnormal use, abnormal conditions, improper storage, exposure to liquid, moisture, dampness, sand or dirt, neglect, or unusual physical, electrical or electromechanical stress “

      • PMZanetti - 8 years ago

        Cool. So regardless of their claims, if water damage occurs, its not covered, because it was never waterproof.

        Do you think maybe if it were actually waterproof…they would stand behind that?

      • Max Mars (@devianter) - 8 years ago

        Well, all of my watch brands do, so…. Water resistant and Waterproof is different though. Samsung just puts a similar shit on their phone every time just to say “WE HAVE IT TOO”. Like their version of touch ID. have you tried that? OH MAN………

    • lkernan - 8 years ago

      But only if you remember to put the rubber stoppers in the sockets.

  3. Mr. Grey (@mister_grey) - 8 years ago

    It’s worth noting when you mention the “guarantees” that Samsung gives that the only real guarantee they gave for waterproofing on one of their products, turned out to be a complete lie and (in Canada at least) engendered a huge lawsuit against them.

    So, in reality Samsung is one of those companies that *say* something is waterproofed when it isn’t, and Apple is one of those companies that tries to make a product as waterproof as possible without bragging about it.

    I know which approach I prefer.

    • dominicrn - 8 years ago

      Hehe. Promoting. Lies. Every companies who don’t care about their customers they simply promote things positively to get more attentions and sales.

      Example iPhone’s battery life is advised by Apple to work on 10 hours a day as in their specs. But it turns out that i’m actually getting only 5 hours maximum. Simply lying too.

    • Steven Dudley - 8 years ago

      The samsung clearly states on their ads “splash proof” which really means if it rains it’ll survive.


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