Apple Watch thrown around in three water resistance tests - will it survive?

Apple Watch thrown around in three water resistance tests - will it survive?
After months of anticipation, Apple has finally released its Watch to the world. Well, at least it's shipping it out to users who pre-ordered – if you are trying to grab the wearable from a brick-and-mortar Apple store, we'd suggest you don't get your hopes up, as Cupertinians are still far from balancing supply and demand.

Now, if you are a happy owner of a brand-new fruity timepiece, or one that is soon about to receive one, you may be wondering about the gizmo's durability and how much exactly you should keep it away from the elements. As far as screen scratch resistance goes – the Sport version has an Ion-X glass, while the regular and Edition versions are shielded with a sapphire glass, which means that they should be much better at resisting almost any conditions (allegedly, the only thing that should be able to scratch a sapphire glass screen is diamond, and we are pretty sure you don't roll in these on a regular basis, right?).

But what about water resistance? Apple hasn't been big on advertising it, it has only said that the Watch has a resistance rating of IPX7, meaning it will be able to withstand your sweat and splashes of water, but submerging is not recommended. But, again, what amount of “splashes” is it able to withstand?

Well, tech blog DC Rainmaker has went on to try and “drown” the watch, submerging it in a special waterproofing test chamber, and by using it casually, while diving and swimming in a pool. Does the timepiece survive? It sure does.

What should you take away from this? Well, we still wouldn't recommend submerging your Apple Watch fully based on these videos, but they still provide some assurance that the timepiece can definitely take a considerable amount of “splashes”. So, use around water without fear, but still – take it off if you will be going for a swim – just in case.


source: DC Rainmaker via iMore

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24 Comments

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

woooohhh! android fan boys....gooooooo.......... aaattttaaacccckkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. Saioofi

Posts: 343; Member since: May 23, 2014

Why won't apple admit their watch is waterproof?

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

because if it fails due to water damage, Their warranty would have to cover it = extra risk = not worth the cost of repair

15. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Or you could just pull a Sony and say you didn't cover the flaps correctly so it's your own fault. In other words they won't cover it.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

because people will be willing to test its limits in real world use, as much as those other S5 owners who paid the price for submerging their devices in shallow water

4. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Every watch should be waterproof like Sony's android wearables and all the normal timepieces

7. gaming64 unregistered

Waterproof is really good but scratches is an effing no to this. Sorry, Apple. Try harder next time.

9. Sauce5 unregistered

Try harder to make the entire watch scratch-proof? Are you f***** mental? Not even Rolex, Movado, Citizen, etc can do this.

12. gaming64 unregistered

Watched a lot of tests. The Apple Watch really gets scratched even after one day. I am disappointed about this. Just because I effing said so doesn't mean I'm a total douchebag. I also said that Apple should try harder next time.

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yea, the *stainless steel Apple Watch scratches... but so does every other stainless steel watch. What's your point? www.wired.com/2015/05/apple-watch-scratch/

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You are the one retarded, I own a shop with bunch of brands of watches and 90% of them are scratch proof... either mineral glass or sapphire glass.

19. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Your post doesn't go beyond being an anecdotal piece that holds no water. Can you come up with a better citation please? Also, have you missed the part that I highlighted the minerals in question?

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Have you missed the part that I posted that before you? What better citation do you want? Enter any watch shop and try to scratch some of them... those that cost 100$ could get scratched but anything above nope.

22. Sauce5 unregistered

We'd end up going broke, having to pay for all the scratched watches. Thanks but no thanks.

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

how functional is apple watch without the iphone?

10. Sauce5 unregistered

As functional as most Android Wear without an Android phone.

23. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Android Wear no longer needs a phone for most of the features anymore, besides texting/phone calls/sim card stuff.

26. Sauce5 unregistered

I mean hey, take the most important feature of a smart watch away - notifications form your phone - and yea, sounds great :D

28. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I thought the most important feature was the ability to tell time.. but hey what ever floats your boat....

13. gaming64 unregistered

It is functional but most features are rendered useless. Hope they make the Watch independent next year.

27. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Apple... it will never happen

24. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

It will be awesome if people can wear the Apple watch while swimming or diving. I believed a lot of the people is going to wait for Apple Watch 2

25. Deadeye37

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

IPX7 means that its not sealed against dust, but can be submerged in 3 ft of water for 30 minutes.

29. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Which kinda doesn't make sense. If water cant get in, how can dust. Maybe the manufacturing facility isn't secured from dust, so they don't classify the dust ingress capability because their maybe dust in the watch from the time of manufacture...

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