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Apple Removes Liquid Contact Indicators For iPad 2

by on March 28th, 2011

Earlier this year, Apple updated its warranty policy for iOS devices. The update essentially relaxed the company’s water damage policy for iOS devices, giving customers a better opportunity to exchange or repair devices.

With the iPad 2, Apple seems to be further supporting the policy change as no liquid contact indicators (LCIs) are present in the iPad 2, which are usually found in the headphone jack and dock connector. In other words, you could take your iPad 2 for a swim and it would not void the warranty.

It’s mostly unknown why Apple removed the LCIs from the iPad 2, but it could be that LCIs are not very reliable in telling of water damage especially in humid or winter environments.

For reference, brief warranty details from the Apple Genius Database are listed below:

iPad 1:

Liquid Contact Indicators

The iPad warranty excludes coverage for damage caused by liquid. To help determine if an iPad has been in contact with liquid, two liquid contact indicators (LCIs) are installed on the iPad at the following locations: • At the bottom of the headphone jack• In the 30-pin connector port (requires holding the product at a 45 degree angle to view)Use a lighted otoscope to look into the headphone jack and 30-pin connector slot for activated LCIs. They turn red on contact with liquid.

iPad 2

check sim card tray for corrosion

So, for those that use your iPads in the washroom, you can now rest assured with this change to LCIs in the iPad 2.

[9to5Mac]

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  • Sparky

    Does the iPhone 4 have them? I haven’t been able to see any.

  • Jmstranger

    Yes it does. I can clearly see the one in the dock connector.