Apple has announced their best ever iPhone ever – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both the smartphones comes with water and dust resistance technology. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are IP67 certified under IEC standard 60529 which means they are slash, water and dust resistant. If we go further, this certifies that both the devices can handle submersion in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes. But it seems like Apple itself is not backing much this technology with your iPhone 7.
However, water and dust resistance certification doesn’t mean that you should put your device underwater with the choice. These are just protection standards for any accidental incident for a very short period of time. And the big company is following the same. They don’t cover any liquid or water damage under warranty. The footnotes on the iPhone 7 specs page clearly states that the phone’s warranty doesn’t cover liquid damage.
Here is the exact text mentioned in the footnotes associated with the water resistant conditions:
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.
Apple is not the only company which denies covering liquid damage under warranty. Samsung also doesn’t cover water damage under warranty to it’s water resistant S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, both offer a higher IP68 standard of protection. Although, Sony covers accidental damage from splashes or rain under warranty for it’s waterproof devices as long as the rating isn’t exceeded.