/ 22 February 2024

No rice, rice baby

Image source: Apple
Image source: Apple

If the first thing you do after someone drops a pricey piece of tech in water is to pull out a bag of rice, Apple says ‘no bueno’… The age-old solution of burying your waterlogged phone, watch or camera in dry rice grains – which is said to draw out the moisture – has been debunked. A memo from Apple’s support team says if you see a liquid-detection notification pop up, don’t put your phone in rice. “Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone,” it says. So what do you do? Apple suggests gently shaking your phone so that water drops out of the charging point, then leaving it for at least 30 minutes to dry out. If that doesn’t work, the next step sounds suspiciously like a rebranded rice plan – dry it with a towel before putting it in a container packed with silica packets. Better stock up on those…

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