The Apple team had a lot to shout about at the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launch event in San Francisco earlier this month — and we had mostly great feedback in our review. But did Apple forget to mention that the latest handset might be waterproof too?
According to one brave YouTuber, both the iPhone 6S and its slightly larger counterpart, the 6S Plus, appear to be able to handle a full hour of submersion in water without breaking. Zach Straley even posted a follow-up video 48 hours after the big test to prove, he said, that the phones didn’t freak out and refuse to work as soon as he stopped hitting record.
In the original video he places both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in bowls of water and sets the timer. After well over an hour they both appear to still work properly, even 3D touch, the Lightning port and the iPhone’s camera — the features many would expect to crumble within the first few minutes of this water-y challenge.
So what does this mean? Well, optimistic and clumsy iPhone users of the world, rejoice! Maybe those heart-sinking, iPhone-down-the-toilet disaster moments won’t be quite so embarrassing and costly after all. But before we all start being careless with our iPhones around toilets, puddles or any other bodies of water, it’s worth pointing out that the video might not be real. Videos on the internet have proven to be misleading before, in case you hadn’t noticed — and it’s also possible that not all iPhones are as resistant as each other.
If you genuinely want an amphibious iPhone 6S and don’t want to so valiantly take one for the team in the name of Apple fandom, then we’d recommend shopping around for some waterproof cases.
The LifeProof FRĒ is often cited as the best case on the market for waterproof-ing your iPhone, while still maintaining its fairly streamlined form factor — some durable cases just look plain ugly. Lifeproof’s range of cases for the new handset are still in development, but we’d recommend snapping one up as soon as they’re released.
Disclaimer: We haven’t been able to test the validity of the waterproof claims made in the video yet and don’t recommend you do either unless you have a bunch of iPhone 6S handsets knocking about and/or access to unlimited bundles of cash.