IP67 vs IP68 Waterproof Meaning? | 2021 Guide

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I have a confession to make, I, unfortunately, treat my phone like crap, even though I’m an Apple fanboy. It’s not that I am careless with it, it’s just that I have butterfingers. And I’ve lost quite a few iPhones to water and other types of damage. Back in the fay when Apple announced that the iPhone 7 would have an IP67 Rating water-resistant, I was extremely excited. Check out our “IP67 vs IP68 Waterproof Meaning?” guide for all the details.

This IP rating/waterproof was a feature Apple was lacking for a while even though the majority of the competition had it. iPhones becoming water-resistant was sweet news for me. It meant one less thing to worry about.  

Every generation since iPhone 7 has been IP rated, at least IP67 rated. But then since the iPhone XS, all iPhones are IP68 rated. This got me to wondering what the difference was and if a choice was offered which one, I should choose. Here’s our our “IP67 vs IP68 Waterproof Meaning?” guide for all the details.

After having gone through Apple’s official documents, my team and I found that:

The IP67 rating is given to iPhones that are completely dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes when immersed in water for up to 1-meter depth. IP68 on the other hand is also completely dustproof and is waterproof for more than 1-meter depth.

IP67 vs IP68 Waterproof Meaning?

IP67IP68
SolidSolid protection rating of 6, that is no harmful dust can enter the device.Same rating and same protection from solids.
WaterWater protection rating of 7, this protects the phone when submersed in water from 30 minutes for up to 1 meter.Water protection rating of 8, this protects the phone when submersed in water for deeper than 1 meter (Manufacturer should specify the exact depth).
Apple Devices that supportiPhone 7iPhone 8iPhone XiPhone XSiPhone 11iPhone 12(All future iPhones will feature IP68 rating, no reason Apple will skimp on it)

IP is the abbreviation of Ingress Protection ratings. It is given to products/devices when they meet certain criteria of dust and water resistance. The ratings and standards are set by Ingress Protection (IP) Code under the IEC Standard 60529.

For a product to obtain an IP rating, it should be submitted to the IP Code for inspection. This comes at a price and most manufacturers skimp on it. Apple pays for their devices to be inspected and in turn, get them officially rated by the IP Code under IEC Standard 60529.

IP67 vs IP68

The IP67 rating is given to a device that is protected totally from dust. And an IP67 rated device should also survive for up to 30 minutes when immersed in water for up to 1-meter depth. Apple iPhone series 7, 8 and X are all IP67 rated.

The IP68 rating is given to a device that is protected totally from dust. And an IP68 rated device should also survive when immersed in water for more than 1 meter in depth (manufacture should specify the exact depth). The device should be hermetically sealed but manufacturers have to specify the duration and depth it can be underwater. Apple iPhone series XS, 11 and 12 are all IP68 rated.

IP ratings have 2 numbers which provide detail into how water resistant or dust resistant a device is. For example, all phones in the iPhone 12 lineup are rated IP68.

  • The first number that is 6 corresponds to the dust rating of the device. The second number 8 is the rating for water-resistance of the device. To know how dust or water-resistant a phone is, we have to understand what the numbers mean. 
  • The first digit gives the rating of protection for your Apple device from solids, like dust etc. The second digit gives the rating of protection for your Apple device from water.
Solid/Dust ProtectionMoisture/Water Protection
IP CodeProtectionIP CodeProtection
1Offers protection from contact with any large surface of the body, such as the back of a hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part1Offers protection against vertically dripping water
2Offers protection from fingers or similar objects2Offers protection against vertically dripping water when device is tilted at an angle of 15 degrees
3Offers protection from tools, thick wires or similar objects3Offers protection against direct sprays of water when device is tilted at an angle up to 60 degrees
4Offers protection from most wires, screws or similar objects4Offers protection from sprays and splashing of water in all directions.
5Offers partial protection from contact with harmful dust5Offers protection from low-pressure water projected from a nozzle with a 6.3mm diameter opening in any direction
6Offers protection from contact with harmful dust6Offers protection from water projected in powerful jets from a nozzle with a 12.5mm diameter opening in any direction
There is no 7 or 8 rating for solid/dust protection from the IP Code under IEC 60529.7Offers protection from immersion in water for a depth of up to 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes
8Offers protection from immersion in water for a depth of more than 1 meter (manufacturer must specify exact depth)
XNo rating specified yet but it may offer some protectionXNo rating specified yet but it may offer some protection

So, if your iPhone is rated IP68, it means that it is protected from contact with harmful dust and from immersion in water of depths greater than 1 meter (manufacturer must specify the exact depth).  

Since IP ratings protect a device from solids (dust) and water, let’s look at the protection IP67 and IP68 offered by Apple devices.   

Dustproof Comparison

Both IP67 and IP68 have the same first digits for solid protection. So, devices either of the ratings will have the same protection from solids. Both are rated 6 for solid protection and this means that they are both protected from contact with harmful dust. They are tested by the IP Code for 8 hours. No harmful dust or particles seeped into the devices after being in contact with dust from 8 hours.  

The iPhone 8 and X series had an IP67 rating and the iPhone XS series have an IP68 rating, but they are both protected at the same level from dust.  

Waterproof Comparison

This where devices rated with IP67 and IP68 differ in terms of protection. This is because they have different second digits. IP67 rated devices are a step down to IP68 devices in this regard. Both ratings offer some protection to the devices but IP68 is better.  

IP67 offers protection of the device from immersion in water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.  

IP68 offers protection of the device from immersion in water of more than 1 meter (exact depth should be specified by the manufacturer) for up to 30 minutes. 

Similarities between IP67 and IP68 

Let’s look at some similarities between the IP67 and IP68. You should also know the difference between waterproof and water-resistant. Waterproof is being able to keep water out of the product/device no matter how long they are submerged in water.

  • While water-resistant is the ability to keep water from entering the device to some degree. So, smartphones and smartwatches are only water-resistant, they can’t survive in water indefinitely.  
  • The IP rating only covers for the number specified and not the ones above them. That is if your device is rated 8 for water-resistant, it doesn’t mean it can survive a jet stream of water from ratings 5 and 6.
  • For example in the case of iPhone X, the phone is rated IP67 and so it can survive submersion in water (rating 7) for brief periods but it can’t survive a jet of water (5 and 6) subjected at it.

Apple doesn’t recommend taking the phone underwater, or into a shower even though it should survive. Damage from liquids is not covered under the warranty provided by Apple. 

Other Apple Devices with IP ratings 

Other Apple devices like you’re Apple Watch (Series 1 and 1st Generation) are IPX7 rating under IEC standard 60529. The X in IPX7 means that the device hasn’t been specified a rating yet. So, Apple Watch (Series 1 or 1st Generation) are water-resistant, but they may or may not be dust resistant.  

Apple AirPods also have an IP rating, they are rated IPX4. This makes the AirPods pro slightly water-resistant, it is protected from water splashes and it may or may not be dust resistant. 

IP67 vs IP68 Waterproof Meaning? – Final Thoughts

IP68 rated devices have the same protection as IP67 devices for dust. Also, IP68 rated devices are better when it comes to water resistance, this makes them the obvious choice. 

It is now clear on which one you should personally choose, always IP68 over IP67. If for some reason Apple releases two versions of the same iPhone with IP67 and IP68 water rating, choose the IP68 rated phone blindly because it is better.

But this will never happen, because Apple knows IP68 is better, and water resistance will only get better for iPhones from now on.

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