iPhone 12 water test: How far can it really go in depth the Apple phone?

Apple’s iPhone 12 is water resistant, therefore should everything is fine if by mistake drop is in the pool or splash with liquid. The IP68 rating of the iPhone 12 means it can survive up at 19.6 feet (six meters) of water for 30 minutes. But how deep can you? really take this phone? We took a brand-new iPhone 12 for a swim in the cold, cold water of Lake Tahoe, California to find out. Turns out that like its predecessor, Apple’s newest iPhone can handle a great deal more of her official rating.

For test out water resistance, we cooperated up with Robotics mission to mount our iPhone 12 on the company’s underwater drone, Theseus. The drone can reach a depth of 300 meters underwater; the pilot can see the view by Theseus camera, as well as monitoring depth and water temperature metrics from to computer on shore up.

Although we only tested the regular iPhone 12, Apple’s IP68 water resistance rating applies to all four iPhone 12s models: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Watch the video on This Page for the full test and to see some amazing underwater shots from the drone.

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iPhone 12 water test: How far can it really go in depth the Apple phone?

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Dive 1: Verification of the claim (19.6 ft for 30 minutes)

Second Apples support page, you should not dive or swim intentionally with your iPhone or take it to extreme temperatures. But for the purposes of our test, we wanted to push it to the limit.

For us first dive in, us wanted for test the IP68 statement: 19.6 feet (6 meters) of water for 30 minutes. From the shore of Lake Tahoe, we placed the iPhone on quantity facing the drone camera with the screen set to stay on, so we could see if anything happened to the iPhone while it was underwater.


The iPhone 12 on Theseus.

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The water temperature in Lake Tahoe at this depth was 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius).

Once the 30 minutes were up up, we pulled the phone out of water and dried it off with a dress. Then we tested it out to see if the phone worked. The touchscreen was fine and the volume rocker worked as expected. All three cameras (front, ultrawide and wide) looked at clear with no proof of fogging and the photos it seemed normal. We recorded a voice reminder before soaking the phone and hearing the speaker sound a bit muffled in comparison after the first dive in, but it is hard to say if it would be improved after letting it dry out longer. Apples support page suggests placing the iPhone base and Lightning connector in front of a fan of help the drying process. We had other ideas, though.

Immersion 2: The extreme test (65 feet)

With the iPhone 12 running normally, we have prepared the drone for his second dip in Lake Tahoe. This time, we wanted to carry the phone to more extreme depths. We submerged the phone 20 meters underwater, more of three times the maximum depth assessment. The water temperature at this depth was 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

With the timer in function on the iPhone 12 screen, we could see how it had been a long time since we submerged the phone. one time hit 30 minutes, we decided to leave it submerged a little longer just to see what would happen. We finally got the drone out out of water at the 40-minute mark and performed the same test again.


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Surprisingly, everything worked normally. The screen was responsive, the volume and power the buttons worked and the two cameras were in also working. The speaker still sounded muffled when playing back the voice reminder, but it was still audible.

After cleaning down the iPhone 12, we powered it down and let it rest for a few days to dry out completely.

The final test

After letting it dry out for 72 hours, we wanted to do one final test to see if there had been a long-term give as a result of the extreme underwater test. The phone itself was completely dry, but its three lenses: the ultra-wide angle and the wide angle on the back, as well as the front camera — had developed a little fogging.

At this point the battery had also completely drained, so let’s let the phone go to waste up for a little via the Lightning port before powering it up back on. But once that was done, the iPhone 12 screen showed a diagnostic message. After trying to get past some diagnostic messages times, we connected the iPhone 12 to a MacBook to see if we could restore the device. It worked, but we haven’t been able to get it yet past the diagnostic screens.

While we don’t have way of knowing exactly what caused This error to happen, it may have been persistent water damage, change in temperature between cold water of Lake Tahoe to an interior environment, or a combination of both. To be seen how the iPhone 12 got away with it a few weeks after submerging it in the lake, watch the video in which we break it below.

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How water resistant is the iPhone 12?

Our highly unscientific test would suggest that the iPhone 12 can withstand very deep water and clearly meets the IP68 requirement. But like all electronics, has a limit to how it takes a lot of water – and you should never intentionally submerge the phone in water (lake or other).

How with our previous water experiment with the iPhone 11, yours results It can change. Also remember that water damage is not covered by the warranty. We contacted Apple and the company indicated us towards these Instructions on his support page. Following these guidelines can improve your iPhone’s chances in the event that you enter in contact with water or any other type of liquid.

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