Canadian news (CTV News) reported an epic tale of extreme iPhone survival this week. Ice fishing on Lake Waskesui in Saskatchewan, Angie Carriere threw her iPhone 11 Pro into the fishing hole. About a decade ago, even the newest smartphone model in the world would have been an immediate lost cause. Here in 2021, there is more room for hope.
The iPhone 11 Pro is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. IP68 certification means that the iPhone 11 Pro is guaranteed to survive for approximately 30 minutes up to 2 meters below the water’s surface.
This does not mean that the phone will start to yield immediately to the entry of water less than 2 meters or more than 30 minutes. This means that you are safe at these levels – they are within safe limits, considering the physical construction and materials included in the iPhone 11 Pro.
The CTV News report suggests that the iPhone 11 Pro spent a month at the bottom of a lake under its frozen surface in early 2021. Given the relative lack of boat traffic and the extreme stillness of the water during this time, the survival of the device is entirely possible – and quite likely.
If you dive into the water with the same phone 3 meters below and move it back and forth quickly, even for just a few minutes, you can destroy the phone’s ability to function properly. It’s all about how ideal conditions are for the device during its period of underwater action. *
ABOVE: dismounted image of iPhone 11 from iFixit showing the insides of the device. Here you will see some of the rubberized parts that keep the phone waterproof.
A similar situation occurred earlier this month in Harrison Lake, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. According to a CBC report, an iPhone 11 was thrown into the water in September 2020. The owner of the phone was driving a bumper boat and dropped the phone to the side.
Six months later (!) The phone was found by a diver whose mission is to find trash and remove it from the lake. The diver also found an original Motorola Razr cell phone (broken in half) and some empty smartphone cases.
This is not the first time that this diver has found iPhone 11 devices working on a Canadian lake. In September 2020, two more iPhone 11 devices (working!) Were found in the waters of Lake Cultus.
Another pair of dives by that same diver in August 2020 delivered another four (or six?) Phones, of which one still worked. This was also an iPhone 11.
- On the other hand, if we take all of these findings as evidence, it WOULD SEEM that the iPhone 11 line is very good at keeping itself safe both in the water under a frozen surface AND in late autumn / early winter.
But again, that doesn’t mean it’s a smart idea to throw your IP68 smartphone (or so) in the drink just to see if it survives. It only takes a moment for a little water to sneak in and condemn! Your phone is ready!