Is The iPhone 12 Waterproof? Yes (But You’ll Want To Know This)

“Is the iPhone 12 waterproof” – this is one of the most Googled terms about Apple’s iPhone 12. But just how waterproof is Apple’s first 5G phone? Do you need a case?

The answer is, of course, yes; Apple’s iPhone 12 is waterproof. And so too are the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

So when you buy a new iPhone 12, not only are you getting OLED displays across the entire range, and 5G, but you also get full IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

The type of water resistance your iPhone has depends on what model you own; here’s a handy guide that details ALL of Apple’s different IP ratings for its iPhones.

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have the same IP rating too; Apple did not change anything between the generations in this regard.

However, there’s a but…

Is Apple’s iPhone 12 ACTUALLY Waterproof Though?

And that “but” relates to HOW waterproof Apple’s iPhones actually are. In my own, admittedly, anecdotal experience, I did run into some “issues” with an IP68 rated iPhone.

My issue was that my iPhone XS Max, an IP68 rated phone, after the briefest exposure to some water, was effectively ruined.

My iPhone XS Shortly Before It Kicked The Bucket.

Like, unusable-ruined. The type of ruin that means a trip to the nearest Apple Store 45 miles away. And even then, they were perplexed by the issue. And I hadn’t even gotten it that wet; just a splash of water from a running faucet.

But those few drops of water caused havoc with my iPhone XS.

How did this happen? Well, it was a hot day and some droplets of water had gotten inside the FACE ID sensor. I didn’t see them at first, but as the day progressed, I noticed a cloudy film developing over the FACE ID lens.

It was condensation.

And I could not get rid of this condensation for the life of me; I tried everything from rice to kitty litter.

And this iPhone, the iPhone XS Max, has the exact same rating as the iPhone 12, so forgive me if I don’t take Apple at its word.

I’m sure, most of the time, water isn’t a problem for modern iPhones. But it killed mine, so I am ALWAYS wary about the official claims made about an iPhone’s water resistance.

Moral of the story? Don’t get your iPhone 12 wet.

Treat it as if it is not waterproof; at least, that way, you’ll avoid getting it wet and experiencing what happened to me which effectively ruined my iPhone.

My advice? If you know you’re going to get your iPhone wet on a regular basis, pick yourself up a water-proof case as well.

It pays in the long run, trust me!

Wrapping Up: Is The iPhone 12 Waterproof?


Apple has had the iPhone 12 IP certified. That means it passed a load of tests and the people that conducted these tests were happy that the iPhone 12 was waterproof, that it could survive underwater and still function, and this got it its IP68 rating.

So, yeah, the iPhone 12 is waterproof.

Off the record, I trust Apple’s IP68 rating about as far as I could throw Steve Wozniak. So if you do buy an iPhone 12 please, for the love of God, DO NOT GET IT WET!

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He has written for Den of Geek, Fortean Times, IT PRO, PC Pro, ALPHR, and many other technology sites. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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