iPhone and iPod: Liquid Damage And The Apple Liquid Sensors


Our Head of Technical Hardware, Kevin Carter, who also happens to be the Lead Technical Editor for DxO Optics (see here – DPreview use this data for their camera/lens reviews), as well as a freelance Editor for the British Journal of Photography amongst many others, is currently taking a look at a select number of ‘waterproof’ smartphones. He forwarded to me an interesting article on Apple’s website regarding their liquid damage warranty.

It’s very interesting and something that I wasn’t aware of, although I am sure, as you are all aware that Apple do not give a liquid damage warranty, what you may not be aware of is the way they can detect if the device has received liquid damage. Apple have installed liquid sensors within their devices and these change colour and become activated if it becomes wet.

When Kevin’s article is published I will post a link and more will be revealed… stay tuned for that.

Take a look at the graphics below and you will see where the sensors are located – to read more about this, go to the Apple support page, here – it’s very interesting…




*Note: iPod nano (7th generation) and iPod touch (5th generation) do not have a visible liquid contact indicator.

3 thoughts on “iPhone and iPod: Liquid Damage And The Apple Liquid Sensors”

  1. Genius bar employees check these sensors (with a special lens) everytime you bring the iPhone for help and/or support to their desks.
    Even Sony has a similar warranty limitations on the waperproof (!) Xperia Z:

    “In compliance with IP5/7 and IP5X, Xperia Z is protected against the ingress of dust and is water resistant. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP 57. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP57 classification range and should not be exposed to any liquid chemicals. If liquid detection is triggered on the handset or battery, your warranty will be void.”

    I have a 2 months old Xperia Z and the charging/USB port cover sometimes opens by itself.
    What happens if one of the covers starts leaking due to being old and losing its rubber seal’s tightness?

  2. I understand Fabio, I think if the seal deteriorates or if there’s any grit caught it in it, which prevents a complete seal, then you’ll be in trouble really.

    • I agree with you Joanne!! I got the Xperia Z just because of that and just to try one of the latest Android smartphone on the market….. and I have to add that the quality of the camera really sucks…. but this is another story.


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