iPhone 11 and 11 Professional may secretly be waterproof: Outcomes of our water check


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The iPhone 11 (left) and iPhone 11 Professional (proper) go for a swim.


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In the event you by chance drop your iPhone 11 in some water, chances are high will probably be simply nice when you dry it off. The iPhone 11 is rated IP68, so it is water-resistant as much as 6.5 ft (2 meters) for 30 minutes. The iPhone 11 Professional and iPhone 11 Professional Max can go deeper: as much as 13 ft (four meters) for 30 minutes. However we wished to see if these telephones might face up to much more water than Apple claims.

We all know that the sooner iPhone XR and iPhone XS can survive for a very long time in salt water, from our earlier water check. The iPhone XR survived a dunk at eight occasions its rated depth earlier than it turned waterlogged, whereas the iPhone XS didn’t maintain any seen water injury, however its audio system turned softer.

To up the ante, we wished to take the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional to higher depths. Teaming up with Sofar Ocean Applied sciences (previously often called OpenROV), we mounted a brand-new iPhone 11 and 11 Professional on its underwater drone, Trident. It might probably attain depths as much as 328 ft (100 meters) and might be managed out of your cellphone. We despatched the Trident deep down into Monterey Bay in California to see what would occur to the iPhones.

Watch the video on this web page for the total check and to see among the epic underwater footage from the drone.

Dive 1: Testing the declare (13 ft)

For the primary dive, we wished to check the declare for the iPhone 11 Professional: 13 ft for 30 minutes. The iPhone 11 is simply rated for half this depth, so we had no concept what to anticipate for the less-expensive cellphone.

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The iPhone 11 and 11 Professional mounted on the entrance of the Trident underwater drone.


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After 30 minutes, we introduced the drone again to the floor with each telephones nonetheless connected. Drying off the telephones with a lint-free fabric, the screens on each nonetheless labored and there was no proof of fogging on the digital camera lenses (entrance or again). 

Buttons and audio system nonetheless labored; the iPhone 11 sounded just a little waterlogged when taking part in again an audio clip I recorded earlier than dunking the telephones, whereas the iPhone 11 Professional had some distortion, however was louder than the iPhone 11 playback.

Dive 2: Taking the iPhone 11 deeper (26 ft)

For the second spherical, we took our boat out deeper into the guts of the Bay and doubled the dive depth to 26 ft for a similar 30-minute stretch. Because of the digital camera on the entrance of the Trident, we might view the cellphone screens reside to see if something out of the abnormal occurred.

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Spot the iPhones underwater.


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It did not. After 30 minutes, each touchscreens nonetheless labored, the cameras took photographs with none proof of fogging or water ingress on the lenses, and audio system performed again audio. Once more, the iPhone 11 sounded softer than the iPhone 11 Professional.

Dive 3: Right down to the underside of the Bay (39 ft)

Seeing because the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional had been nonetheless working, we had time for one closing dive. Taking the boat out into open water we plunged the Trident down 39 ft to the ocean flooring.


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When the telephones had been within the water, the display screen on the iPhone 11 Professional flicked from the stopwatch to a different display screen within the Clock app.

After ready the total 30 minutes (and witnessing some sea lions swim by), we introduced the drone again as much as see if the telephones survived this closing swim.

To our shock, the telephones had been each utterly nice on first inspection. They regarded nearly as good as new and labored like they’d come recent out of the field, besides the audio system now sounded muffled on each telephones when taking part in again audio.

I washed the telephones in clear water and dried them with a lint-free fabric, then turned them off and allow them to dry utterly for 72 hours simply in case the water left us with any surprises.

Is the iPhone 11 waterproof?

After ready for the telephones to utterly dry, it was time to see if there had been any extra injury after three days. I ran via the identical checks once more, checking the cameras, microphone, speaker and to see whether or not they would cost. I could not fairly consider the telephones nonetheless regarded like new (aside from just a few small scratches on the iPhone 11’s display screen) and there was no seen exterior water injury. All the things nonetheless labored.

The one challenge I might discover was the audio system on each the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional sounded much less crisp and barely softer at most quantity in comparison with two brand-new iPhones that hadn’t been dunked. I confirmed this by utilizing the Sound app on the Apple Watch, which confirmed the submerged telephones had been taking part in again at just a few decibels decrease than the brand new telephones.

I reached out to Apple and the corporate pointed me towards its official help web page about what to do in case your iPhone comes into contact with liquid, which is to rinse it off with clear water and wipe it off with a mushy, lint-free fabric.

Replace: The iPhone nonetheless works… even eight months later

The last word check is de facto the long-term end result. After dunking the iPhones in late 2019, each the telephones had been nonetheless working as regular even eight months later in summer time 2020.

As with our earlier water experiment with the iPhone XR and XS, this is not a scientific check and would not assure your iPhone 11 will survive in case you drop it in deep water. Additionally, keep in mind that water injury is not coated beneath guarantee. However our check does present that the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional may face up to much more water than Apple provides them credit score for. 



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