Waterproofing on smartphones is a fairly new thing, or at least it is as far as mainstream devices are concerned. We’ve seen Samsung and other Android device makers dabble in waterproof handsets for a few years now, with current devices even using their status as bona fide “water resistant” as selling points. And they should, too, because dropping your expensive smartphone into water can be a heart-stopping moment for anyone.
The iPhone SE may not be as expensive as some of the flagship devices out there, including Apple’s own iPhone 6s, but that doesn’t mean owners of said iPhones don’t want them to survive the odd dunk here and there. Even making calls while out in the rain can be nerve-wracking at times, and knowing your iPhone can take whatever mother nature throws at it is important. With the iPhone SE, it seems you need not worry.
In typical iFixit form, the folks over at everyone’s favorite teardown company have done what they do best, by ripping a brand new iPhone SE apart. What they found was waterproofing that is very similar to that found inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. You may remember from September that Apple’s current flagship models are essentially kinda waterproof to an extent, even if Apple isn’t willing to advertise the fact.
As it turns out, the iPhone SE is exactly the same, with “foamy silicone seals” protecting the handset’s important bits from water. Those bits include both the front and rear camera and volume controls, with the LCD, screen (digitiser), battery, and Lightning connector all also protected.
As one YouTube video shows, the iPhone SE is capable of being underwater for over an hour with no immediate ill-effects, just like the iPhone 6s, while an iPhone 5s also used in the video lasts a little over five minutes before dying a watery death.
iFixit’s iPhone SE teardown showing “foamy silicone seals” to protect the internals from water
Apple may not want to call its iPhones waterproof, but at this point, it seems they almost certainly are.
We wouldn’t want to go diving with one, though!
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