Pro surfer Kai Lenny puts the water-resistant iPhone 7 to the test in the ocean

Thursday September 22nd, 2016

Kai Lenny has been dubbed the world’s ultimate waterman, so it seems fitting for ​the 23-year-old from Paia, Maui, to be one of the first to test the water-resistance of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Lenny—an all-around watersports and Red Bull-sponsored athlete who competes in big wave surfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) windsurfing, kitesurfing and more—took Apple’s new devices into the salty waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Courtesy of SquareTrade

With the help of warranty company SquareTrade, Lenny attached the phones and a Go Pro to his short board in the water. He started with the non-water-resistant designs, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which lasted under four minutes and a bit more than five minutes, respectively.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus fared much better surfing the waves. Living up to Apple’s water-resistant claims, both phones survived 30 minutes in the salt water on Lenny’s surfboard. The iPhone 7 sustained only slight audio muffling, while the iPhone 7 Plus experienced audio issues, but still worked, after 30 minutes. Watch the video below to see all of the devices on their rides:

While Lenny’s experiment proved successful, it’s probably best to keep your new iPhone out of the ocean: Apple doesn’t cover water damage under warranty and names surfing as one of the top water activities to avoid with the device. 

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