What makes the iPhone 8 Waterproof? + Clear Back Mod!

What makes the iPhone 8 Waterproof? + Clear Back Mod!


How water-resistant is the iPhone 8? Apple says it’s ip67, but what does that even
mean? And, how is it accomplished? And more importantly, can we even trust it? It’s time to tear the iPhone 8 completely
apart and analyze all the holes and find the weakest link. Phones get wet – whether it’s in the pool,
the toilet, humidity, or body sweat. Accidents happen all the time, and it’s good
to be prepared. Huge thank you to Audible for sponsoring this
video. It’s one of the most productive apps on your
smartphone. From self-help to fantasy, they’ve got an
incredible selection of audio books. I’ll talk more about them in a second, but
first, let’s have a moment of silence for this iPhone. It’s not going to survive this test. Alright, that was good. Let’s get started. [Intro] I’m going to use the gold iPhone that I did
my durability test on, as well as the tear down. It’s had a good life. Of course, I’ll save all the working components
and Frankenstein them into other broken phones down the road. Nothing gets wasted here on my channel. The first hole we are analyzing is the biggest,
where the screen fits into the frame. There’s a ton of black adhesive between the
black adhesive between the plastic edge of the screen and the metal edge of the phone. This seems like it will do a pretty good job
of keeping water out…as long as there are no bends or dents along the frame that would
compromise the seal of the screen. Apple does say on their website that water
resistance is not a permanent condition, and water-resistance might decrease as a result
of normal wear. So just plan on your water-resistance getting
less and less the longer you own your phone. The earpiece on the screen is another ingress
point for water that needs to be protected. The earpiece speaker is held tight by 4 screws. After it’s lifted off, the speaker itself
is internally protected with a tight screen. The rubber seal combined with the 4 tight
screws keep water away from the rest of the phone. The next set of holes to check are down at
the bottom of the iPhone 8 where the headphone jack used to be. There are 3 giant holes; one for the microphone
on the left side, which has a pretty sweet thick screen that’s built to let air and sound
pass through, but not liquid. This is basically the same set up that we
saw on the previous iPhone 7. The loud speaker on the other side of the
phone is pretty much the same way. It’s got a little niblet down at the bottom,
sticking itself into the rubber and the mesh water-resistant screen, relying on the tight
seal to keep water out. Before we get to the charging port, the SIM
card tray needs to come out. This cute little guy has a rubber ring around
the tip. The little gap in the frame is almost nonexistent
when the SD card is shut, so it doesn’t need a whole lot to keep water out and maintain
that ip67 rating. Here are the SIM and SD card trays for both
the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Both of them have the same style of rubber
ring. The camera hole is next. Popping the camera out with it’s optical image
stabilization shows the inside of the camera unit housing which is lazer welded into the
frame of the phone, securely keeping all water on the outside and circuits dry on the inside. With an ip67 water-resistance rating, technically
this phone can be under 1 meter of water for less than 30 minutes. Pulling the motherboard out gives us access
to the charging port as well as exposes the wireless charging. The charging port, in my opinion, is the weakest
link in this whole chain. The only thing from keeping water from entering
your phone is this little tiny, white rubber ring around the edge. Literally, this little white rubber band is
the only thing between you and total, complete, utter destruction of your phone by water. There is glue along the back side of the port,
but that tiny little band is probably what’s keeping this iPhone at an ip67 rating instead
of an ip68, like the LG V30 or the Galaxy S8. Remember, Apple provides no warrantee against
water damage. If your phone gets water on the inside and
stops working, that’s all on you. So it really is better to be safe than sorry
and keep your phone away from water. The last two holes on this phone are the side
buttons and the back glass panel. Taking a look at the power button, the electronic
portion of the switch is internal, so that’s already protected. And the external part that gets pressed, has
a little rubber ring around each leg to seal the phone against moisture. If moisture does get inside the phone, it
will eventually short circuit and die. Maybe not right away. Some corrosion take time. The motherboard has no protection against
water once liquid is inside. There are ways of applying a hydrophobic coating
to the circuit boards. This would effectively waterproof the phone,
but needs to be done while the phone is being constructed and is very expensive. It’s easy to tell that this motherboard has
no hydrophobic coating on it because of the way the water droplet clings to the circuits. If it was coated, the water would bead up
and run off, not sticking to anything important. The back glass of the iPhone 8 does most of
the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping water out, as long as it’s not cracked – especially
cracked over the top of this wireless charging hole. Now that we have this hole exposed, let’s
try to make it clear really quick just to see what it would look like through that window. It’s pretty much the same concept as the clear
Samsung phones…a lot of scraping, but no paint stripper required on this one. If I were to reassemble the phone at this
point, the only thing visible would be the back of the battery and and small segment
of the motherboard if I left the wireless charging out. Not nearly as cool as some of the Android
phones. One of my least favorite parts of the iPhone
8’s build is the way Apple attached the back glass. They could have done it in a way that was
easy to waterproof, like Samsung, and easy to replace…but, they didn’t. They made it permanent and the only way to
replace a cracked back panel is to break it out with force, and that’s a lose/lose situation
for everyone involved. Any accidental cracks in the back glass will
compromise your water-resistance and allow water to enter into the phone – especially
above that wireless charging hole. Personally, I would treat this water-resistance
as a bonus, but never actually try and test it out. As long as you don’t crack the back or front
glass though, or dent the sides, then you can feel relatively safe around splashes or
light rain. One guy who would have loved a waterproof
phone is Captain Ahab. He could have used it while hunting his illusive
great white whale. I would say Moby Dick, but then I might lose
my YouTube monetization. Well, Audible has an unmatched selection of
audio books in their library, including the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville. You get a free month trial by visiting the
link in my description audible.com/jerryrig (all lower case). You can listen to the harrowing oceanic tale
on your water-resistant iPhone, or even on a regular smartphone or computer for free
for 30 days. And if you decide not to continue with your
trial after 30 days, you still get to keep the book you downloaded. You literally own the book and you can share
that book with someone else. I’ll leave a link in the video description
so you can find out who won, Ahab, the whale, or the water-resistant iPhone 8. Big thanks to Audible again for making this
video possible. I’ll be listening to my book as I clean up
this mess. If the back glass were replaceable, I could
have let the phone live. Moral of the story, don’t ever break your
back glass, and be careful around water. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “What makes the iPhone 8 Waterproof? + Clear Back Mod!

  1. I dropped my IPhone 6 in the toilet like a week after I got, about a week after it first came out, left it in rice while on the charger for a week straight, turned on, still using it till this day

  2. When he said “let’s have a moment of silence for this iPhone” my stomach growled… so no moment of silence for that phone

  3. You don’t need to talk about apple not warrantying the iPhone if it gets water damaging like its only an apple thing

    Cuz every single android phone manufacturer doesn’t warranty any of their water resistant phones either

  4. Ip means internal protection or something like that now the phone is IP 67 the 6 is water resistance and the 7 is dust resistance

  5. Me: *see him put phone under water

    Also me: *puts iPhone 8 under water

    Jerry: the longer you had it the less water resistant it is

    Me: all shit here we go again

  6. 5:37 oh sure it takes massive hits with a metal object to break the back glass but ONE DROP on carpet or a semi hard floor from waist height will obliterate the glass.

  7. I don't know, but the more I watch iPhone 8 videos I think it's the best model of the lineup, topped by the Plus. Not even the 11 comes close.

  8. Maybe this is a dumb question, but out of curiosity, what about the home button? I originally thought it was all attached since it is no longer an actual button, but was proven wrong after watching your original tear down video. That piece apparently detaches from the front glass screen. Does it just naturally seal to the casing or is it a potential weak point as well?

  9. can i have your iphone 8 rear camera cause that phone is dead 🙁 my rear camera on my iphone 8 just died for some reason

  10. Iphone: gets unboxed underwater

    Zack:this iphone isn't going to survive

    Also zack: we dont waste anything on this channel😜😜😎😄😄😄😄lol

  11. Hmm, actually, I just replaced a back glass to an iPhone 8. You can do it by melting the epoxy holding it on with extreme heat or extreme cold. I used extreme heat and chipped off the old back glass and replaced it with a new back glass using epoxy marine for (hopefully efficient) waterproof. ^.^ of course, this is an extensive process, but it is possible.

  12. Ip67 means that the iPhone 8 Can be submerged in a debt of 1 meter for 30 minutes and fully dust proof

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