Winter Weather May Trigger Your iPhone's Moisture Indicator

Your iPhone's specs explain that it should survive through temperatures from -20 to 45 C just fine. Good news? That appears to be true. Bad news? Cold temperatures may cause your iPhone's moisture indicator to imply liquid damage.

Polish website Moje Jabluszko decided to run a few tests on iPhones to see just how winter temperatures affected the devices. They were particularly interested in whether the moisture indicator—or liquid sensor—located in the headphone jack of an iPhone would turn red—indicating moisture—due to temperature changes.

While their testing may not be entirely without flaws and doesn't account for air humidity in the first place, it does suggest that the liquid sensors are a bit inaccurate and may change colour at -11 C instead of the -20 C indicated by the device's specs. Of course, one must keep in mind that condensation may play a large role in all of this.

Entirely scientific testing or not, the point remains that the liquid sensor is intended to indicate spills or dives into water, not a simple winter outing. [Moje Jabluszko via Slashdot]



    This is interesting, I work at a mobile phone repair center and liquid indicators are considered just that. An indicator, we could only charge for damage if there was actual corrosion on a handsets parts and even then we have to photograph the damage to prove it to a customer.
    However, with the iPhone, because we are not allowed to open or repair them (just replace if faulty) if the idicator has been activated the handset is considered liquid damaged and you are charged for a replacement.

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