Man Claims His iPhone 7 Plus Spent 13 Hours at the Bottom of an Icy River, Was Retrieved Unharmed

Man Claims His iPhone 7 Plus Spent the Night at the Bottom of an Icy River, Was Retrieved 13 Hours Later Unharmed Credit: Business Insider
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Last September, Apple made headlines all around the globe when it unveiled the first iPhone featuring water-resistance certification from the International Electrochemical Commission. And while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boast only an IP67 waterproof rating — meaning they can withstand up to 30 minutes of water submersion at a depth of up to 42 inches — there may be reason to believe that Apple was a bit more conservative in its estimates of what the device could truly withstand while underwater.

This tale comes to us courtesy of several media outlets, including PetaPixel, who alleges that, during a recent, nighttime ice fishing trip in the town of Yakutsk, Russia, a man supposedly dropped his iPhone 7 Plus into a bone-chilling, 39-degree river. His friends accompanied him at the time; however, given the darkness of night, there was no viable way to see exactly where, or how far, the iPhone had fallen down into the depths of the water.

And so the story goes, they just decided to leave the device to marinate in that fateful, 39-degree ice bath overnight. Yet, sure enough, when they came back to retrieve it the following day, despite the odds so obviously stacked against them, something truly amazing happened.

As you can see in the following video, which was uploaded to Instagram, the man and his pals attempted to retrieve the device of their own volition, some “13 hours” after it had fallen in the water, only for the wet-suited gentleman to emerge less then a minute later with the fully functional iPhone 7 Plus in hand. According to the device’s owner, when it had fallen in the water, the device had 32% battery life remaining; and when it was retrieved “13 hours later,” it still had 19% left.

See the video below.

#купель#iphone7#iphone7plus#Тест# сегодня позвонил друг попросил помочь достать со дна новенький IPhone 7+. Так вышло что во время ночной рыбалки он уронил нечаянно в лунку свой новенький IPhone 7+ телефон пролежал на дне реки 13 часов с 35 % зарядом батареи когда достал его, заряд батареи был 19 % , несмотря на то что температура воды была + 4 градуса. Ну и в завершение спасательной операции, я окунулся три раза так сказать смыл грехи😂👍🏻.

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It’s interesting to think, if this story is actually true, that Apple’s 2016 flagships can theoretically withstand a water submersion far more intense than Apple initially quoted. Now, we’re not exactly saying that’s a reason to go out and willfully soak your smartphone overnight in the name of science or curiosity — but it should be encouraging, at the least, especially for those who work in or around water on any given day.

Of course, if the IP67 certified iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can withstand 13 hours at the bottom of an icy river, one can only imagine how tenacious Apple’s IP68 certified ‘iPhone 8’ will be, right?

Have you dropped your iPhone 7 Plus in water? If so, was it affected?
Let us know in the comments!

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