Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max flagships are the company’s first handsets to sport an IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating.
During the company’s Gather Round keynote last week, Apple’s Phil Schiller even detailed the various liquids that Apple tested its new waterproofing measures against.
“And the team tested in many different liquids, in chlorinated water, salt water, orange juice, tea, wine, even beer,” Schiller said. “And this is some of the most fun, intense testing we get to do at Apple.”
According to the official standards for IP68, the rating is described as completely resistant against dust and “suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer” — Apple says that’s about 30 minutes at up to 2 meters.
Of course, those are pretty conservative estimates. We’ve previously covered an iPhone X that managed to survive two weeks at the bottom of a river and come out unscathed. While there have been other reported feats of iPhone water survival, that’s by far the longest time we’ve seen.
Now, teardown site iFixit is determined to find out if the new iPhone XS can actually survive any length of time using a 2-meter tube of liquid.
But iFixit didn’t just settle for water. Though it was only a casual mention, Apple did say that the water-resistance on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were tested with beer.
In the spirit of that “fun, intense” testing, iFixit is using beer in their own test. (Though there’s no word on whether it’s a Belgian ale or an IPA.)
Currently, the teardown site is recording a live video of the test. It’s worth a view, if only for the cheesy soundtrack.
As of the writing of this article, the iPhone XS Max in the tank has survived just about 4 hours and 30 minutes in 2 meters of the brown brew. iFixit said it will keep the iPhone there until 3 p.m. Pacific Time or it dies (which, at this point, doesn’t really seem likely).