In what has to be one of the most impressive cases of a smartphone surviving the forces of nature, an Apple iPhone 7 has been found on the ocean floor completely functional and with most of its battery retained. Furthermore, the miracle phone was also incredibly receiving network at the bottom of the ocean, and was discovered by a scuba diver when it lit up on receiving a text message.
Cerys Hearsey, a scuba diver in southern England, UK, noticed a strange light while exploring an under-sea area in Durdle Door, Dorset, England. She went in closer to figure out what it was, and found that it was an Apple iPhone 7 that happened to light up because it received a text message at that time. The phone was not only functional despite having been under water for about 48 hours, it was also incredibly receiving network and had 84 percent of its battery level retained.
The phone belonged to a visitor from Canada who had lost the phone while kayaking. Since the phone fell into the sea, the owner had considered it lost. However, Cerys was able to get in touch with a relative of the owner who lived in the area, and the phone was then sent to its owner in Canada. Interestingly, the phone was in a protective case that protected it from the harsh conditions of being on the ocean floor for two days. While the Apple iPhone 7 is itself IP67 water resistant, the protective case is what saved the phone from damage in this case.
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While a lot of phones do come with water resistance today, they are rated for a maximum of 30 minutes at relatively shallow depths, and being 30 feet underwater for two days is an unlikely scenario for survival of the phone. Nonetheless, this particular Apple iPhone has proven to be tougher than the rest, and it’s owner is particularly lucky to be reunited with their phone in this case.