PSA: Don't dive into freezing water to save an iPhone. Obviously.

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What you need to know

  • A British Columbia man decided it was a good idea to jump into freezing water to save his iPhone XS.
  • The stricken iPhone continued to work after spending a day underwater.

I can't believe that I need to say this but an iPhone XS isn't worth risking your life for. One British Columbia man would disagree, however, after he reportedly threw himself into freezing water to retrieve his iPhone XS.

First reported by Victoria Buzz and spotted by AppleInsider, the story goes that Roman Czarnomski managed to drop his iPhone into the water when taking photos. He returned the next day to rescue it. And that's exactly what he did.

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The iPhone XS apparently continued to work despite spending a day underwater, with Czarnomski saying that it started to vibrate in his pocket when someone who had recorded his death-defying dive sent him the footage.

Apple's iPhone XS has an IP68 water resistance which means it should be good for a half-hour underwater depending on how deep it falls. As we've found in the past though, these ratings can be a little on the pessimistic side.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.