iphone-7-bottomWith the launch of the brand new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple has finally made their phones water resistant, a feature that other OEMs have been adopting for the past few years. Both devices have been certified as having an IP67 rating which means that they are both water and dust resistant, but there’s a catch.

It turns out that despite Apple advertising these phones as water resistant, water damage is apparently not covered under the warranty. It reads, “iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.”

Basically it sounds like Apple just wants their customers to know that the occasional splash or drop into a puddle, or getting your phone soaked in the rain should be fine, just that you probably shouldn’t go swimming with your phone or immerse it underwater for extended periods of time.

However as some have pointed out, Apple should have covered water damage under its warranty if they truly believe that their phones are water resistant. We definitely wouldn’t be surprised if some lawsuits were to pop up along the way that argues this, but until then we guess you should just play it safe and try to keep your phone dry where possible.

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