Apple Watch is water-protected, not fully water-proof: wash your hands wearing it, but don't submerge it in water

Apple Watch is water-protected, not fully water-proof: wash your hands wearing it, but don't submerge it in water

The missing pieces of the Apple Watch puzzle have been uncovered, and now we know everything we wondered about starting with its price and finishing with the battery life. There is, however, one important detail that we have not touched upon: the water-protection capabilities of the timepiece.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he's taking a shower while wearing the Watch, so we know there is some level of protection from the elements. Looking closer at the tiny font on Apple's official Watch page, we can also see an official rating: IPX7. The X means that the watch does not carry protection from dust, while the 7 digit indicates that the Watch is certified to withstand immersion in up to 3 feet deep water for as long as 30 minutes.

Nonetheless, Apple makes it clear that the Watch is not waterproof, and suggests you to use it during exercise, rain, and while washing your hands, but does NOT recommend actually submerging it under water.

Here is the official breakdown of the Apple Watch's water-protection capabilities:


source: Apple

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14 Comments

1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Anyone know the IP rating on the Moto 360, LG G Watch R, Sony Smart Watch 3 , or any of Samsung's Gear watches?

4. willard12 unregistered

Samsung, Moto, LG are IP67 Sony is IP68

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not all the Gear models are protected. Only the Gear S is IP67. The original Gear can handle a splash.

2. ouroburos96

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

So why have a version named sport then?

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

its for those who do indoor "sports" i guess

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Enough with this hype! This watch sucks and should not be labled as a smartwatch because it's not smart!

7. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Those people who would buy it aren't smart enough anyway.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Neither are the buyers. They will go perfect together.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's does and does nothing, all the crap coming from the iphome and its battery, all the phone cpu does is run the screen and the crap os look

5. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Pay $500 plus but do get it too wet.

6. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What were you guys expecting? It's a recycled iPod nano.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So let me be the first to warn the fan boys and you need to listen. Based 9n my experience with the original Gear. If you plan to workout and you are a heavy sweater, either take it off or put a piece of tissue under the device to soak up the water. If you don't the sweat will eat at ant seals on the device and it will get wet and stop working. Samsung did replace the device under warranty once, but this is not typical and they were being nice. Sweating is not equal to a splash. Sweating is equal to heavy rain or a soaking. You can choose to be hard head and turn your over price toy into a brick if you like. The Gear S is bettet, cost less has more features, last 2 days average and you can drown it in water for up to 30 mins. If you ever see moisture under the glass, power it off asap. Fan it back and forth to dry it quickly. Any moisture inside will damage it. This is the downside to metal casong. It is more costly ro make way er resistant so most oems won't do it. You have been warned

13. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

That depends on the materials used for the device. Let's see it in real world performance before coming to any conclusions.

14. reggiebaby319

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

You guys think we can Shower with it or not?

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