Should Apple advertise the water resistance of its iPhones at all?
I regularly browse this sub and /r/iphone and there’re always posts about water damaged iPhones. Most of the damages were because of intentional exposure to water by the owner – showering with the phone, taking underwater photos, etc.
Now, Apple has a very detailed page explaining to never do those things: https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht207043
> Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.
You also have many bullet points what NOT to do. Some of them:
> Swimming or bathing with your iPhone
> Exposing your iPhone to pressurized water or high velocity water, such as when showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on
> Intentionally submerging your iPhone in water
Yet people still do those things and are dumbfounded that their phones stop working.
I think Apple should never have advertised the resistance because they obviously can’t explain to their customers that it’s in case of an accident and it doesn’t turn your phone into a go-pro like apparently many people think it does.