iPhone that was 8 months immersed in river is returned working

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A Chinese man named Zhou dropped an iPhone on the Wu River in Guiyang, Guizhou province. About 8 months later, he received a call from someone wanting to return the device to its owner.

Zhou said he went fishing with a friend in September 2019. In the middle of the practice, he dropped his Apple phone into the water, but only realized it when he returned to the shore. “We were trying to catch some fish, and my phone was sealed in a plastic case,” he said.

The mentioned plastic case has a zipper for protection against water. There was a case on the phone itself and a card inside. When the water level dropped, a local fisherman surnamed Liu found his smartphone and contacted Zhou.

The man who lost his phone said he was surprised by the call, even more because he knew the phone was working. “I thought I would never be able to find it. It was in the water, and the river was very turbulent,” he said.

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The call came in the first week of May. Zhou said he initially believed the contact was a scam, so he remembered the lost cell phone.

It was not clear in the report, but the images show a device with the design of the iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 8, considering the rear cameras. Another factor that leads us to believe that it can be one of the two models is the color silver. Both versions of the iPhone have IP67 protection against water and dust, which makes the devices resistant to immersion in fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter.

We’ve seen cases of iPhones surviving a plane crash – more than once. On another occasion, an iPhone X withstood 8 hours at sea and was rescued with 66% battery power.


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