Apple Watch is more waterproof than Apple markets it to be

You know, I was considering doing a “shower test” when I received my Apple Watch today, but I’m pretty confident that that’s no longer necessary. The Apple Watch appears to be water resistant enough to easily manage a shower or a splash. In fact, in this video, an early Apple Watch Sport adopter submerges the device in water for five minutes at a time. He even takes the Apple Watch for a swim in a pool. Watch this video and see the evidence for yourself.

Here's the video:

The shower test was followed by a test in which the Apple Watch was submerged in a bucket full of water for five minutes from which it once again emerged unscathed. To take things to another level, the FoneFox team then decided to go swimming while wearing the Apple Watch. While the touch screen of the watch did not work underwater, its digital crown worked just fine. Even after coming out from the pool, the watch showed no signs of water seeping into its internals.

While not recommended, this will definitely give Apple Watch owners a peace of mind when they go out for a swim while wearing the smartwatch. It is possible that the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition perform differently in the same tests since the Apple Watch Sport — which was used in the video — has been geared towards athletes and active people.

The Apple Watch features an IPX7 water rating, which actually means that the footage above shouldn’t really come as a big surprise. Here’s what a IPX7 water rating entails
  • .IPX7 rated devices can withstand incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
  • Indoor/outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow or brief splashes of water is a suitable activity.
  • Any immersion of more than 1 meter, regardless of duration of immersion, or any immersion of more than 30 minutes, regardless of depth of immersion is not a suitable activity.


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