Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus: Water resistant, liquid damage not covered
The long- awaited, amazing iPhone 7 series were launched on the 7th of September 2016, revealing the fantastic specifications and features of the phone. Just among the reasons why this phone series is widely accepted by the smartphone populace is the fact that it is water resistant. However, there is a clause in the use of this wonderful invention. According to a news report on Reuters, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus’ liquid damage is not covered by warranty. Heartbreaking, right? These two world class phones are splash, water and dust resistant and come with a IP67 rating, but that doesn’t cover liquid damage under the warranty.
According to Apple’s own press release, the phones have an IP67 rating under IEC standard 60529 which comes after being tested in controlled laboratory conditions. The Cupertino-based company has also warned that this water, dust resistance feature is not a permanent condition and it ”might decrease as a result of normal wear.” What does this mean to users? First of all, an IP67 rating means the phone is dust-resistant and can be dropped in water deeper than one metre. However, it needs to be taken out quickly for it to work fine.
What you should not do.
Apple’s fine-print asks users of these phones not to charge a wet iPhone. Also, being water resistant doesn’t mean you can take your phone for a long swim in a pool. What if they get wet? There are specific instructions on how to dry your iPhone 7 series when you get them wet. These instructions needs to be followed religiously in order to keep the warranty intact. Failure to do this, the warranty is lost. What can take away the warranty? -when the iPhone falls into an alcoholic drink or coca-cola or any other liquid. -when you take your iPhone 7 for a swim in a salty water. All tests which determine a phone’s water resistance are conducted under ”strict parameters” which means only fresh water is permitted.Therefore, non-water liquids, sea water, etc are ruled out if you want to keep the warranty on your new iPhone.