The iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max have the same design as the iPhone X, but they have one key advantage: an improved degree of IP protection. iPhone X is protected by the degree of IP67, and the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max – the degree of IP68.
What exactly does this degree of protection mean? Does this mean that the iPhone Xs and Xs Max are waterproof? Read on to figure it all out.
What is the degree of protection IP 68 on the iPhone Xs
First, we decrypt IP68. IP is “Ingress Protection”, and 68 is the level of protection. IP68 – the highest level of protection for mobile devices.
The number 6 means the level of protection against dust, and 8 – protection against water and spray. These are the maximum possible levels. It’s safe to say that the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max are protected from water and dust. Yes, they are waterproof, but not waterproof. There is a huge difference between the two terms.
iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max are not as waterproof as Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4, so do not swim with smartphones.
According to Apple’s tradition, the degree of protection IP68 on the iPhone Xs is better than that of other smartphones with the same degree.
Why the degree of IP 68 on the iPhone Xs is better than on the Galaxy S 9
Although the degree of protection IP68 is maximum, the level of such protection can differ on different devices – it depends on the brand. Most companies provide IP68 protection when diving at 1-1.5 meters for 30 minutes. For example, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9 and Note 9 can stay at a depth of 1.5 m for 30 minutes.
However, Apple claims that the degree of protection IP68 on the iPhone Xs and Xs Max is good enough for a 2 meter dive for 30 minutes. In addition, the company tested the protection of various liquids, including beer. For comparison, iPhone X and iPhone 8 are protected by IP67, which means they can stay up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1m.
Despite improved security, Apple’s warranty has not yet been applied to liquid damage. Accordingly, if you damage your iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max with water, Apple will not fix it and will not replace the smartphone for free. Instead, you will have to pay for repairs from your pocket.
Residents of the US and Europe can turn to Apple if the iPhone Xs is damaged in water, and the company is likely to fix or replace the device, but it’s still not worth the risk.
It is important to note that protection against water becomes worse with time. In addition, if the pressure is too high, the liquid can penetrate through the protection inside the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max. If you often swim with your new smartphone, eventually the protection is worn out, and water penetrates into the smartphone. Protection also becomes worse with any physical damage, especially if the smartphone frame is damaged.
The iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max are protected by the IP68 degree, but this does not mean that protection needs to be experienced. Treat it like a life buoy in case you drop your smartphone into water, etc. It is best to avoid contact of new models with liquids.