Even though Apple has not yet officially launched any waterproof iPhone, the newly announced iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s have been found to be somewhat waterproof. Following a recently-uploaded video by YouTube user Zach Straley showing a waterproof test, another test by iFixit has surfaced.
Straley had dipped the new iPhones in a bowl full of water for over an hour to test their waterproof capabilities, and both were found to be working after the hour-long test. iFixit, the team that often runs teardown tests of mobile devices, has now confirmed some waterproofing on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.
The team says in a blog post that Apple has used a special kind of gasket seal on the new iPhone models to prevent minor liquid damage. Further, it found that the company has provided waterproof silicone seals on board-to-board connectors to deliver some waterproofing on both the new iPhones.
The team notes that the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus have an improved aluminium frame that accommodates the gasket. The company has used colour-coordinated gasket strips to make their presence hidden from the outside. However, there is about 0.3mm wide room on the frame to hold the gasket for sealing the new iPhone models.
Apart from using the gasket seal, Apple has used waterproof silicone seals on every cable connector on the board to provide some water resistance. The silicone seals are one of the newly-patented innovations by the company and are so far just being debuted on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus to avoid corrosion on metallic connectors.
That said, the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are not entirely waterproof. Components like the speaker and headphone jack don't have any signs of waterpoofing and liquid can easily enter the new iPhone models directly through the SIM tray.