Trending hashtag ‘iPhone shower’ turns stupid accident into permanent meme

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After “showering her iPhone”, a Japanese comedian and her fans remind us that iPhones aren’t as waterproof as one might hope.

A Japanese comedian named Moeka Koizumi made the mistake of taking her iPhone into the shower, which led to the creation of the “iPhone shower” meme. This event took place in February 2021, but the hashtag has become trending again.

What started as a Tweet asking how to fix a blurry iPhone camera has become a trending meme in Japan. After Koizumi admitted that she showered with her iPhone to clean it, her fans acted quickly.

A new meme translated as “iPhone shower” started trending as fans started drawing characters the actress had voiced while showering their iPhones. The art ranged from several popular series like “Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club” to “Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight”.

The meme resurfaced on Thursday without much explanation. It is the number one technology topic in Japan and the thirteenth globally.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 ranges have an IP68 protection rating, which allows immersion in water up to six meters for thirty minutes. However, showers produce high pressure steam and particles, which are not factored into the water resistance rating.

Steam can seep through gasket materials and easily proliferate inside the unit. Especially if the device has been dropped or damaged in the past.

Moeka Koizumi experienced all the usual issues associated with steam or water damage. The cameras fogged up and took blurry photos, then Face ID stopped working.

Apple does not repair water-damaged devices, even with AppleCare. Never submerge a device or take it purposely into a room filled with steam, otherwise it could end up breaking.

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