iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Waterproof And Drop Test

Here are iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus waterproof (or water resistant) and drop test to see how they hold up underwater, or when dropped onto concrete from a height.

If you are one of the lucky ones who have managed to get their hands on the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, then the chances are that you’re going to want to know if it lives up to Apple’s claims of being water resistant to the IP67 rating. Additionally, considering a fair few of us drop our devices on a fairly regular basis, it’s probably worthwhile knowing if a drop onto a hard surface would result in utter destruction, or if our shiny new iPhone is capable of handling a connection with the floor. Of course, while a lot has changed under-the-hood with the iPhone 7, its resistance to water and drops remains to be seen.


Water resistance for the iPhone goes back as late as the iPhone 6/6 Plus, with the phone holding up well against splashes and accidental dunks in water, despite Apple making no word about this. Apple even quietly added a gasket to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, but it wasn’t until the iPhone 7/7 Plus that the company actually used the IP67 rating to slap onto its smartphone.

We take a look at whether Apple lives up to its promised regarding its latest iPhone, and whether or not, anything has changed when it comes to the phone handling drops when compared to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. Of course, all in a series of videos.

Waterproof Test

What happens when you take your brand new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and decide to forgo the usual processes of using it like, well, an actual smartphone and soak it in fresh water, carbonated soda, and even coffee? Well, judging by these waterproofing tests it seems that nothing happens and the device continues to function exactly as Apple claimed it would thanks to the new IP67 rating. Even pulling the iPhone apart after it has been submerged in the various liquids, and then cleaned with running water, shows that there is no water intake whatsoever into the internal components.

Similarly, if you strap the device to your head on a stick, and then fling yourself into the ocean with the device, then you can also expect the iPhone 7 to come out of the experience totally unscathed and still working as marketed. It seems that Apple has indeed done an impressive job of making the device water resistant.

Drop Test

Testing against water ingress is one thing on a device that is claimed to be water resistant, but what about actually dropping the iPhone from various heights, at various angles onto solid ground? We’re pretty sure that no smartphone manufacturer markets their device as smash resistant, and with the iPhone 7, Apple is no different. The initial test from approximately mid-head height sees a Rose Gold iPhone 7 landing on solid concrete flooring with no damage whatsoever other than a few expected scuffs to the outer shell. The display and all other aspects of the hardware are still functional.

In total, the iPhone 7 was subjected to twelve individual drops from two height variations, and the results suggest that Apple has indeed built a very strong device that’s capable of withstanding a fair amount of abuse. But of course, we don’t recommend that you try this out for yourself with your brand new unit.

(Source: YouTube [1], [2], [3])

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