Waterproof iPhone 7 has no liquid damage warranty and that is alright
Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the Cupertino major’s first iPhones ever to be IP67 certified for dust and water resistance. The new batch of iPhones is, according to Apple, splash, water, and dust resistant. Though, it is also quick to mention that the aforementioned capabilities have been tested under controlled laboratory conditions, which means you’re not advised to play nasty with the iPhone 7 in real-world usage. You must be careful, it cautions, and does not offer liquid damage cover should things get out of hand.
“Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone. Liquid damage not covered under warranty,” Apple mentions clearly on its official web page.
The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are not truly waterproof, anyway. At most, they can survive an accidental fall in the sink. Do not even think about dunking the iPhone 7 into a pool of water. And, as per Apple, the resistance might decrease further with every casual splash encounter.Read more ↓
A company not covering liquid damage in its warranty isn’t new and surprising. Samsung does something similar. The Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7 are classic examples. All these three phones are IP68 certified, which is a step up from what Apple offers in its iPhone 7. Samsung’s warranty for either of these phones does not cover physical damage, which broadly includes three parameters: moisture, liquid and screen damage.Sony was probably one of the first few major companies to introduce waterproofing through its Xperia phones. The Japanese company also does not cover liquid damage in case of its entire suite of water resistant phones.
That being said, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t. They should, even more so as most of these phones are mighty expensive. But, you have to understand, just because a company offers water resistance, doesn’t mean you should go about dropping your phones in the sink. Neither Apple, nor Samsung want you to do that. But, gods forbid if you do, you will have little less to worry if you own either of their near waterproof phones.