While Apple doesn’t recommend that you take your iPhone 7 surfing, that didn’t stop one pro surfer from testing the new flagship’s water resistance.
Kai Lenny, a Red Bull-sponsored watersports athlete, took a standard water resistance test to the next limit. In a video uploaded to YouTube, the surfer took several models of Apple’s iPhone surfing — including the previous generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — and compared their water resistance to the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are the first two phones that Apple claims are actually water-resistant, Sports Illustrated reported.
You can watch the phones take their respective dunks in the video below.
In the video, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus both underwent a 10-minute surfing session. Not surprisingly, both of the devices lasted less than five minutes in the ocean before dying. Lenny then took the iPhone 7 for a 30-minute surf, and the phone survived exceptionally well — only sustaining slight audio muffling after being exposed to salt water. The iPhone 7 Plus did slightly worse. While the device didn’t die from a result of its 30-minute dunk, it did experience some more significant audio issues than its smaller cousin.
It’s worth noting that the iPhone 7 also proved to be slightly more durable than the iPhone 7 Plus during a SquareTrade drop and dunk test — earning a higher durability score than the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, according to CNET.
But although Lenny’s test was, for all intents and purposes, a success, you might want to refrain from taking your own iPhone 7 surfing. In fact, surfing is one of the activities that Apple specifically discourages that you attempt with an iPhone. So, it’s smart to not try this at home.
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