Ultimate iPhone XS Max Water Test – Waterproof or Not?

by birtanpublished on November 8, 2020

(electronic sound) – Hey, what's good guys? Welcome back to TechSmartt for kind of a classic but a world first. So, you guys know that the brand new iPhone XS just came out, and in front of me I got the brand new iPhone XS Max, the best, my favorite one in the gold color and it looks really good. It's kind of crazy that there's this new Screen Time feature on here. This is one of the new things that I just checked out. I just got this phone a few hours ago. But one of the new things that Apple talked about was this phone being IP68 certified. So on the brand new iPhone XS and XS Max, it is IP68 certification which means

Up to one meter water or depth for up to 30 minutes. So basically, your phone is now waterproof if you have an iPhone. The last year 2017 iPhone 10 was also IP67, so that's not up to a meter's worth of depth, but around 30 minutes worth of waterproofing. So this year it's all official and I really wanna put this to the test and see how waterproof this thing is and if it's secretly waterproof, up to basically, if you'd leave it at the bottom of the ocean. So that's what we're gonna do, it's gonna get crazy. So, in front of me, we're testing out something new this year which is a bucket with holes.

(metal clanging) So, I've just been taking scissors and adding holes to this bucket, so what we're gonna do is put the iPhone XS Max and we're actually gonna put a timer on here. Now, we're gonna take this to the Sydney Harbour which has saltwater, it's the Pacific Ocean. We're actually in Sydney, Australia right now. And definitely check out the playlist up there in the I card if you guys have missed any of the iPhone XS content, we got it early for you guys, and there's a secret giveaway, that's linked in the description. So we're gonna take the XS, put it in this bucket, and basically drop this bucket into the bottom

Of the Sydney Harbor, or as long as our rope goes. I think we have about 30 meters of rope. We're double-check that, but we wanna see if we submerge the brand new iPhone XS Max for over 30 minutes, does it still work, especially in saltwater, and is this thing basically a super proof phone. So we're outside the Sydney Harbour, I think we're on one of the piers right now. Pretty interesting scene, it's a really beautiful day, and I'm not gonna lie, we just pulled up here with a black #totes bag, the minute we showed up, everyone else left, so let's just do this, and if anyone asks, Matt, what are we sayin'? It's a science project. – Science project.

– So let me show you guys the full contraption all setup here, and by the way, our clothing brand just launched, link in the description or just strange.club, only 100 pieces each. Alright let's just do this, stop plug it, so here we go. We got one of the reusable tote bags, we filled it up with rocks, so It will pretty much sink the minute it hits water. And then, in my pocket, we got the brand new iPhone XS Max, so, the gold color. Let's check out the photo, I wanna take one here. It's such a nice day. Little noisy, we got a bunch of ships around us, but luckily, we're pretty much throwing this phone

In the bucket, and we're gonna let it drop. So quickly vote up in the I card if you think the iPhone XS Max, or really just the XS are gonna be secretly waterproof now that they're both IP68 certified. They can be in water for up to 30 minutes, we know that up to a meter, but how deep is this? Matt, do you wanna jump in and find out? – I'm good. – And before we drop this phone, quickly vote up in the I card, I'm just making this realization, who do you think is whiter, the phone, or my thigh? I can't really tell. We're gonna get this phone started.

I'm gonna hit start on the Stopwatch and you guys can see, pretty much 1:13 or 1:14 right now here in Australia. You guys keep that in mind, while the stop watch is going and it's in there, we're gonna try to keep this going in for about an hour. So I have it on Low Power Mode Two and we're just gonna throw it in here, no games. So this is a 30 meter rope, so keep this in mind, it's around 10 meters to the water so. (classical music) It's around 10 meters to the water and then an extra 20 meters, that's how long we're gonna get of depth. So this is gonna be a pretty interesting test because the iPhone says it can last up to one meter

Or one and a half meters worth of water up to 30 minutes. So we're gonna find out if it's still the ultimate comparison, and just to let you guys know, the Stopwatch is still runnin' two, almost three minutes in there. So let's drop this thing. My science project, here we go. No, that won't fit. Ready, oh boy, oh boy. Alright, she's takin' on water. Matt, have your foot on the rope, dude. Oh, it's goin' deep, it's goin' deep. We are at the bottom. We're gonna just tie this up like a boat and just sit for an hour.

This doesn't look sketchy at all, no. – Now pull up your pants, dog. – Thanks dog, ugh! So, it's been about three minutes, should we try to call it? (water splashes) We got the Coast Guard watching us now. It'll be fun to see what they think about the new XS Max and if it's waterproof (metal clanging). Let's check out the phone, whoa, phone is off. (upbeat music) Whoa, this thing is soaked! So the reason why this is such a big deal is the XS Max is not turning on. It pretty much died, it was around half battery life. Not super cold or anything, but, check out this thing,

Just needs all the water out of it, obviously. Does that mean you can't take your new XS Max on vacation? Maybe just keep it to the hotel pool. So this is one thing to note on the XS Max's and kind of maybe the reason why this phone just completely died. So I was tryin' to figure out where the water was actually draining from on this phone, cause it's gotta come out somewhere right? You would think it'd be the holes or charge port at the bottom, but no. When I press down here, and catch this, the water actually comes out of the screen, and typically on phones, I haven't done anything, this phone has not been dropped, no cracks.

It's completely fresh XS Max. The other one we actually cracked and you guys saw that in the video, if not, it's right up there in the I card, but very interesting. Maybe the adhesive isn't that sticky, or sticky enough, to make these phones waterproof for IP68 resistant. I don't really think this phone is gonna work. We're gonna try and take it to a shop or take it to a rice bag, see what brings this thing back to life, but, yeah. So here's where the video gets kind of interesting, the reason we're back inside at a makeshift studio that we literally made happen from Ikea. So in classic TechSmartt water test fashion, things got really interesting.

Right here is actually the phone that we had from the Sydney Harbour. Its been sitting in rice and, can hear a little bit of water inside. My guess is the adhesive, because of the pressure, actually started to weaken and then water started to seep in, and because it was saltwater, that's honestly what destroyed the phone. I don't know that for sure, but, maybe? Trying to turn it on, nothing's happenin'. So I'm gonna throw this back in rice. I'll let you guys know on Twitter, I'm just TechSmartt, if anything happens. That phone could be completely toast,

But what I really wanna find out is with a brand new iPhone XS Max, got it in the gold color, a second one here for this video, if it's something that's Apple's fault or if it's just water pressure, and that's what you get if you go past one and a half meters worth of depth. So we're gonna find this out. This is fresh water here. That's the huge difference as well as obviously depth. This isn't one and a half meters. This is maybe a few centimeters. You guys are from New Zealand, can you please help? – It's 12 centimeters. – 12 centimeters, so I got a Stopwatch all pulled up on the iPhone XS Max.

We're basically gonna drop it in, see how long it lasts. At 15 minutes, hopefully it's still runnin'. I guess it will, let's see. So here we go in three, two, one. (jazzy music) So here's the deal, and kind of what we're realizing, that the iPhone that we put in the Sydney Harbour, the reason why it broke is the pressure. So obviously with IP68 certification, that means up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, the phone should be good to go. And honestly, since we did more than 1.5 meters, I think we used around 20, that rope was crazy. All I know is the pressure ended up loosening the adhesive that surrounds the display,

And from what I'm seeing now, a few of the XS Max displays are actually faulty, so that could be a problem that could have just been one where it wasn't applied right, I don't know. It's too close to really call it if the phones aren't the best displays on the Max's. But here's what I can tell you about this one. The phone is still running and surviving, obviously getting power off, the phone works fully fine. Pretty much safe to say, the pressure is what killed the first phone. But that's kind of interesting with the whole display, so let me know in the comments if you guys have heard anything about it, or if you guys have a XS Max and how your display is looking,

If you guys have started to see any problems. Definitely subscribe by clicking the button right down here to keep it locked for all of the XS and XS Max content. There's also a playlist link right down there. If you guys wanna check it out as well as two other videos. That's gonna do it. And this was a super interesting video. I'll see you guys next time, peace.

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