Rigorous teardown inspection confirms the iPhone 6s is water-resistant to a degree
Many of the question marks still hovering around Apple’s new iPhones even as the 3D Touch-capable handhelds started selling found their answers following various drop, bend, water protection and disassembly experiments in the past week.
Apparently, the already hugely popular iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are sturdier than all their predecessors, and although they pack marginally smaller batteries, the autonomy numbers remain impressive. Meanwhile, some early adopters have flooded the online forums with various complaints regarding new and old technologies, but others should rejoice upon hearing the slightest liquid interaction no longer impairs their precious.
No, Apple didn’t make the iOS 9 4.7 and 5.5-inchers “secretly waterproof.” Not completely, as lengthy immersion in deep water, such as a pool, where pressure is inconsistent, will definitely harm the devices.
What we could call the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is liquid-resistant… to a certain extent, so theoretically, a trivial plunge in the ill-fated toilet bowl should leave the two unscathed. If you’re curious how Cupertino pulled that off, iFixit has all the gory, intricate details, after dismantling a new set of 2015 iPhones in the name of science.
The DIY specialists discovered a slew of barely imperceptible but vital internal alterations meant to better shield components like the display and logic board from corrosion and short-circuits. Unfortunately, the power and volume buttons, as well as the speaker and headphone jack, aren’t as safeguarded, which is enough to convince us intentional immersion is a definite no-no. Oh, well, maybe next year.