We all know that the iPhone 12 can withstand drops and splashes, but Apple may be downplaying exactly how waterproof this phone really is. The IP68 rating of the iPhone 12 means that up to 19.6 feet (6 meters) of water will live for 30 minutes. This applies to all four iPhone 12 versions, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Micro, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
But we’ve learned that as its ancestor, Apple’s newest iPhone can do a lot more than that. Both iPhone 11 models greatly outperformed the official ranking, surviving a 39-foot saltwater dive in Monterey Bay, California. This year, we took the brand-new iPhone 12 for a dive in the cold fresh water of Lake Tahoe, on the other side of the Golden State to try it out.
Water-resistance signifies the lower degree of water-resistance of the two conditions. A system called “water-resistant” means that it can repel water and tolerate the intrusion of water to a certain degree, but not entirely. Usually, a water-resistant device comes with a thin-film nanotechnology coating that makes it hydrophobic. The coating could be inside, outside, or both.