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Is the iPhone 7 Waterproof?

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How Waterproof is Your iPhone 7?

Do You Still Need a Waterproof Phone Case?

What to look for in a Waterproof iPhone 7 Case?

Your Ultimate Waterproof Case

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How Waterproof is Your iPhone 7?

The iPhone 7 is technically waterproof but is marketed as “water resistant”. Apple doesn’t want to be liable for any damage caused to your phone due to submersion in water. Certified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the organization classifies waterproof gadgets with an ‘IPXX’ notation system. “IP stands for ‘Ingress Protection’ and the two digits refer to dust-proofing and water-proofing respectively.” According to this notation, the iPhone 7 is IP67 certified. The 6 means that it is completely dust tight. As stated by IEC, level 6 stands for:


“No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight). A vacuum must be applied. Test duration of up to 8 hours based on air flow.”


The ‘7’ is what tells us how waterproof the iPhone 7 is. According to IEC, the 7 in the notation stands for ‘Immersion up to one-metre depth’. This implies that when tested in a laboratory setting, the iPhone 7 survived a one-metre depth underwater when submerged for 30 minutes. However, this may vary based on your condition in the real environment. The speed and intensity of the drop might be greater in real life. 


Do You Still Need a Waterproof Phone Case?

With an IP67 waterproof rating, the iPhone 7 is splash proof, rain proof, and can sustain light wetness or quick dips in water, but it is not fully waterproof. Taking your iPhone to the swimming pool or the sea would certainly not be a good idea. Apple itself recommends you avoid submerging your iPhone for long periods underwater. By water, Apple is not referring to salt water or any other liquids, just fresh water and under laboratory conditions. The salt in the sea and any significant contact with water for long can cause severe damage to your iPhone 7. What’s more is that Apple also cautions you from assuming that your iPhone will remain water-resistant for long. In Apple’s words:


“Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.”

As a result, your iPhone 7 is not going to be as water resistant as it was when you first bought it. Due to this, Apple’s warranty does not cover any liquid damage. Furthermore, Apple includes a Liquid Contact Indicator on the iPhone 7. As Forbes puts it: “If this strip turns red, Apple will deem any damage to an iPhone 7 to have been caused by liquid exposure, which means you are not covered by the warranty.” iPhone 7 can thus withstand splash, water, and dust in a laboratory setting but is definitely not protective enough to support you on all your wildest adventures. For these reasons, it is highly advisable for you to get a protective waterproof case for your iPhone 7. Costing around $650USD, your iPhone 7 is quite an investment you don’t want to leave vulnerable to damage of any degree. Without a case offering effective drop protection, drops and damage may open tiny cracks for water to enter, damaging its sensitive electronics. Even if not immediately broken, charging a wet iPhone can also be disastrous, frying your $650 electronic investment. Though your iPhone Xs Max may resist splashes or even submersion early on, regular wear and tear may leave your phone and wallet broken as repairs or replacement are both very expensive. You would ideally need a case to protect your iPhone 7 from continuous overall damage. This is more reasonable than expecting a naked iPhone to be invulnerable on its own.


What to look for in a Waterproof iPhone 7 Case?

With so many different rugged cases to choose from, it’s hard to recognize the best of the best. In general, there are two types of waterproof cases for you to consider. First, is a regular case cover that snaps onto your smartphone, securing your device from any dust or dirt particles as well as water from entering into your device. The second type looks and functions more like a dry bag that is perfect for water sport enthusiasts, as there is a floatable design as well. You can store almost any device or other valuables into this dry bag with its sufficiently large size. However, when it comes to portability, this may not be the best option to go by. The consumer electronics and accessories industry is no new to the constant advancements in technology. With such improvements in the market, hanging your device around your neck in crude plastic bag days are long gone. There are many high quality waterproof cases available in the market nowadays that allow customers to submerge their phones into water and still be able to capture high quality photos and videos. Although, some cases might be bulkier, there are several brands designing slimmer and lighter cases that are perfect for all your travel adventures. Either ways, it is a trade-off worthy to protect your valuable investment. Keeping all the above features in mind, make sure to choose a case that does not compromise on your device’s functionality. 


Your Ultimate Waterproof Case

The Catalyst waterproof case for your iPhone 7 provides the complete protection that your device will ever need. With a waterproof rating of IP68 3ft (10m) and a 6.6ft of drop proof rating that exceeds military standards, this waterproof, drop proof, stylish, and fully functional case sets a new standard for total protection. You can now practically take your iPhone anywhere! Built of impact-resistant polycarbonate, the case features completely transparent front and back sections which highlight the original look and style of your iPhone without sacrificing functionality. This rugged case will enable you to use your iPhone in more places and ways than ever before without adding much bulk to your device. Design features such as the non-slip rubber surface, signature rotating mute switch, sensitive touchscreen and Touch ID, quickly accessible ports, ease of installation and removal, and included wrist lanyard make it the perfect case for everyday use as well as for your wildest adventures.

The Ultimate Case for the Ultimate Device


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