So, you’re no longer worried about accidentally bending your brand-spanking iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with the slightest provocation. But, now you worry that it will get zapped if you accidentally spill coffee on it. The folks at iFixit thinks that such worry has little merit. They found that the new iPhones have better resistance to liquids than previous iPhones did.
iFixit folks specialize in taking gadgets apart in order to know how they work and, ultimately, to know how to fix them. They did just that to the iPhone 6s and discovered some curious-looking adhesive that seemed to function like a gasket. At first they thought that the gasket-looking adhesive was to help keep the display panel in place, but then the screws already did that job quite well. They also noticed that the phone’s frame has been made thinner to give room for that gasket.
So, they concluded that the adhesive must be for something else. For waterproofing, perhaps, especially since Apple has been filing patents related to waterproofing for the past few years.
Vulnerable spots on the phone’s motherboard were also given added protection. The cable connectors, in particular, were covered in what iFixit believed to be silicone seals intended to prevent liquids and water from easily reaching the connectors, which are easy prey to short circuits and corrosion. iFixit notes that Apple quickly applied the patent that it filed for waterproof silicone seals on board-to-board connectors early this year.
However, not all parts of the iPhone 6s have been dramatically altered to improve liquid-proofing. The power and volume buttons, for instance, have changed a little, but iFixit hasn’t seen Apple’s radical waterproofing tech applied to them just yet. Same thing for the speaker and headphone jack. The SIM tray has been modified a bit also, but doesn’t seem to be more waterproof than before.
As a result of dunk tests that some Apple fans volunteered to do on their iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iFixit concluded that the said phones were “dramatically less prone” to liquid intrusion than earlier models. But, take note: They are not 100% water- or liquid-proof, so don’t think about swimming in the pool with your phone in your pocket.
For added protection for your iPhone, you can invest in a waterproof case cover pouch, such as the MoKo Waterproof Case Cover Pouch. You may also want to consider insuring your phone. Check out our tips on how to pick the best insurance option for your phone.
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