Is the new iPhone SE waterproof?

By May 13, 2020

Apple just announced a second version of the iPhone SE. Although with the exact same $399 price as the original SE, the new model actually crams many great features in an iPhone 8 body, including the super-fast A13 processor, a True Tone display, fast charging and wireless charging. Beyond that, you may also wonder if the new iPhone SE is waterproof, which is a feature many flagships have, such as Samsung Galaxy S20 and Google Pixel 4. The answer is yes, but not exactly true.

Apple began getting IP certification for its phones starting from iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. iPhone 7 series, iPhone 8, and iPhone X/XR are all tagged as IP67. Apple’s first IP68 rated handsets are iPhone XS and XS Max, and the iPhone 11 series as well. Possessing the same body as iPhone 8, the new iPhone SE is basically rated IP67, the “6” meaning it is fully dust-tight or dustproof, and the “7” meaning it can be fully submerged in water as deep as 1 meter (3.28 feet) for up to 30 minutes. However, you need to note that it is just water-resistant, but not waterproof.

According to Apple official, iPhone SE is splash-, water-, and dust-resistant, and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). In other words, IP67 rating can protect your phone from getting damaged from accidental drops into dirty mud, bathtubs, spilled milk, and a rainstorm. But it isn’t a 100% guarantee that your phone will be unharmed in any circumstances. And it never says that you can test your iPhone SE to the max, like expecting it to be fully functional if dropped to the bottom of a lake, or charging your iPhone while it’s wet. 

Can you turn to Apple Care for help if your iPhone is water damaged?

Liquid damage is not covered by AppleCare+. And the truth is, your phone will become less water-resistant through daily wear. You can get some help from Apple if your phone is damaged by accident, of course — just check if your iPhone SE 2 covered by entering its serial number on Apple’s website. Nevertheless, the safest thing for you to do is to keep your iPhone away from water as possible as you can. If you are going to a pool, we recommend you to buy a waterproof case:

Huakay iPhone SE 2020 Waterproof Case  — now $22.99 on Amazon

The case features an IP68 fully sealed body that prevents water from entering your device, even while you are underwater. You can go swimming or diving at a depth of 6.6ft for 30 minutes to 1 hour and take photos and videos rather clearly. When not near water, the case can protect your phone from shocks and scratches. Besides, it fits the phone so well that you can make calls and listen to music as usual, and have wireless charging without removing the case.

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