The most expensive model of Apple’s new smartphone series is iPhone 12 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch Pro Max model is equipped with advanced technology like a Telephoto lens, LiDAR scanner, bigger battery. Apple claims that the smartphone is splash, water, and dust resistant with a rating of “IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529.”
A Reddit user @u/Duritomax discovered that iPhone 12 Pro Max still be functioning fine when dropped deeper than 6 meters and for a much longer time.
iPhone 12 Pro Max passed water resistance test, accidentally
While on an ice fishing trip in Mille Lacs State Park in Minnesota, U.S., Duritomax dropped his smartphone 30 feet in the icy cold water of Mille lake and luckily was able to retrieve it in working condition after 18 long hours. He shared the image of the iPhone’s location via the Find My app in the lake. He wrote:
“iPhone left in lake for 18 hours 30 feet down. (My first time ice fishing) iPhone 12 Pro Max came up and was playing my alarm when we used a hook and camera to snag the MagSafe leather case!”
The water-resistant smartphones are salvageable in freshwater, therefore dropping it in the sea might have a different outcome.
After launch on October 13, 2020, reviewers tested the water-resistance of different iPhone 12 models. An anonymous Twitter account, @L0vetodream submerged 6.1-inch iPhone 12 in water for two minutes. The test revealed:
The iPhone 12 stays in water with an on-display and functions without any glitch or malfunction, when taken out of the water. I must admit, that when the smartphone was dropped in the water bowl, my heart did leap in my mouth and I was amazed by its water resistance technology.
— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) October 21, 2020
CNET went ahead to test if the iPhone 12 series was water-proof and not just water-resistant. Since all the models of the new smartphone series have the same IP68 rating, so testing one will speak for all iPhone 12 models. After taking a trip in Lake Tahoe, California, U.S., at 6 meters for 30 minutes on a marine drone, everything was working as “expected.” And even after a 65 feet (20 meters) cold underwater dip for over 40 minutes, the iPhone 12 worked right after the dive but 72 hours after the test, the smartphone had drowned. So maybe, Duritomax rescued iPhone 12 Pro Max might not function after the battery dries off due to water damage.