iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11: Are the devices waterproof?

Apple presented its new high-end smartphones in September 2019 with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. But are the devices, in addition to the insane hardware performance, waterproof and therefore suitable for a beach holiday? We clarify these and other questions for you in our article, and we also take a look at the official manufacturer information from Apple on this topic.

iPhone 11 Pro waterproof?

The iPhone 11 Pro or the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the absolute premium class and with a starting price of over 1149 euros it is anything but cheap. At this price point, you should expect some water ingress protection, and it is. According to Apple, both devices are IP68-certified and therefore protected against water and dust.

Is the cheaper iPhone 11 also waterproof?

With the iPhone 11, Apple also offers a slightly cheaper smartphone, which starts at 799 euros in the smallest memory variant. According to the official Apple website, this device also has IP68 certification, but with slight deductions compared to the more expensive Pro models – more on this in the following paragraph.

Varying levels of water resistance

In contrast to the old iPhone generations, the new iPhone models have different specifications for protection against dust and water. While the slightly cheaper iPhone 11 is supposed to survive in two meters of water for around 30 minutes, the Pro versions can be submerged in water up to four meters deep. On the manufacturer’s website, Apple states the following „classified under IP68 according to IEC standard 60529“.

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What does IP 68 classification mean?

The IP code is a certification of how well a product is protected against the ingress of foreign objects such as water or dust. The abbreviation „IP“ stands for International Protection, the first digit for dust protection and the last for protection against water.

The number 6 therefore means that the respective device is completely sealed against dust. This means that no dirt particles should be deposited inside the device.

With the 8, the smartphone survives permanent submersion, but most manufacturers specify a number of minutes and the corresponding maximum depth here. Apple speaks of a maximum of 30 minutes at a diving depth of 2 meters (iPhone 11) or 4 meters (iPhone 11 Pro).

Does the manufacturer guarantee apply?

Although most manufacturers advertise the water resistance to a greater or lesser extent, the warranty service looks rather meager. In the case of water damage, you are usually dependent on goodwill, since it is difficult for the user who has suffered damage to prove the exact immersion depth to the manufacturer. In addition, any previous damage to the smartphone can affect the impermeability of the device; falls and the like can cause the seals to come loose on the inside and thus no longer protect against the ingress of water in an emergency.

Only protective covers provide a safe remedy

So if you want to take your iPhone to the beach or into the water, you should still use the appropriate protective covers. These are usually available in online shops for less than 10 euros* and protect the device quite well from the cold water.

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Avoid charging when wet

If your iPhone does come into contact with water, you should then dry the lighting port with a paper handkerchief. Normally, however, the iPhone refuses to charge by default if there is still too much moisture in the charging port.

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