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IFixit iPhone 6S Plus teardown confirms the device as water resistant, not waterproof

The recent video that shows a YouTuber submerging his new iPhone 6S Plus with no ill effect on the device has taken the internet by storm.

With no word from Apple on whether the new device is or is not waterproof, new device owners have been left wanting to know if they can chance their handsets getting wet, be that from rain, spillage (I'm not as think as you drunk I am) or dropping it down the toilet.


From what is pointed out in the video, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices are not inherently waterproof but are water resistant to some extent.

There is an adhesive strip that secures the front panel to the main chassis, helping to add additional water resiliency to the smartphone. Apple have also reworked the new device by making the iPhone's frame 0.3 millimeters thicker, helping to accomodate their newly designed gasket.

iPhone 6S Plus new gasket

For those not in the know, "A gasket is a mechanical seal which fills the space between two or more mating surfaces, generally to prevent leakage from or into the joined objects while under compression."  - thanks Wikipedia!

The teardown has also shown that every cable that connects to the iPhone 6S' logic board is surrounded by a silicone seal, designed to hopefully protect those delicate components from water damage.

Also it is known that Apple have patented the application of depositing a hydrophobic coating onto the internal components via a process called plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) - it's very scientific and as cool as it sounds trust us!

As seen in the video in our earlier post 'iPhone 6S Plus survives one hour submerged in water, but does this make it waterproof?' the iPhone 6S Plus survives being deposited in water for up to an hour at a shallow depth where the water pressure remains consistant.

If you are planning on taking your new iPhone 6S swimming however, we'd strongly advise against it!

As you can see in the following video, in a pool where the water pressure is inconsistent it would appear that the new device is not waterproof, the device shuts down after only 2 minutes of being submerged at depth... then it won't switch back on again and gets alarmingly hot.

We can't say that we're suprised that the new device is 'water resistant' rather than 'waterproof' as Apple had made no noise about it being waterproof and that is usually one of the first things that a manufacturer will promote (Sony Xperia range we're looking at you).

If you are looking for a device that is certified as waterproof it will need to carry at least the IP67 certification to be waterproof at a depth of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

For devices that can take a bit of a dunk take a look at our range of waterproof smartphones.