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  • More Videos Show Off the Apple Watch's Incredible Resistance to Water


    The Apple Watch is rated at IPX7 water resistance, which means it can be used while showering, exercising (sweat), and even while it's raining, but Apple recommends against submerging it in water. Although the Apple Watch has already been through a series of water resistance tests and just about always comes out unscathed, many are still hesitant to let even a single drop of water near the device in fear that something will go wrong.

    Ray Maker, a technology blogger, has decided to put the Apple Watch's water resistance ratings to the test to see exactly what it can take. In his tests, he puts the Apple Watch up to the task of surviving three main tests: 1) A 1000m swim, 2) A high diving board jump, 3) A waterproof test chamber run.

    These three tests give the Apple Watch a run for its money, because according to Apple's own Apple Watch Manual, the following activities should be avoided at all costs:

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple
    Submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant. Water resistance is not a permanent condition and Apple Watch cannot be rechecked or resealed for water resistance. The following may affect the water resistance of Apple Watch and should be avoided:
    Dropping Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts.
    Submerging Apple Watch in water for long periods of time.
    Swimming or bathing with Apple Watch.
    Exposing Apple Watch to pressurized water or high velocity water, for example, showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on.
    Wearing Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room.
    So without further ado, below you will find the three videos Maker made to show off the water resistance capabilities of the Apple Watch.

    The first was the 1000m swim, which directly disobeys Apple's own Apple Watch Manual. Swimming creates currents, which generate torrential forces that can pose a risk to the water-resistant components in the Apple Watch:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e6120olzuRM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Maker also jumps off of a tall diving board while wearing the Apple Watch, which directly disobeys Apple's rules of avoiding drops and impacts, as well as avoiding exposing the Apple Watch to pressurized or high-velocity water, which occurs at the time of impact as you dive into the water:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DO_ZMhKAhs8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    And last, but not least, Maker subjected the Apple Watch to a waterproof test chamber, which can actually create the same or similar environments of various diving depths by simulating the pressures. The test takes the Apple Watch 40 meters under water, which directly disobeys Apple's rules of submerging the Apple Watch, but also goes against the IPX7 rating, which gives it water resistance up to 1 meter:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kJFci42OO7c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    As it would appear, regardless of all of the tests conducted, the Apple Watch continued to function normally after every test that Maker threw at it. It's a surprising amount of stress from a device that Apple deems IPX7 water resistant, but it's very possible that Apple under-rated the device from the get-go just so people wouldn't purposely take their Apple Watches into high-risk water areas that would lead to replacements due to water damage being excessively common.

    What are your thoughts so far regarding the water resistance of the Apple Watch?

    Sources: Ray Maker via MacRumors
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. rdragona's Avatar
      rdragona -
      I've been swimming with mine since day one, 2-3 times a week for at least an hour each swim. Also, not to mention showering with it just about every day to control my music and still working like day one!
    1. carlos6438's Avatar
      carlos6438 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rdragona View Post
      I've been swimming with mine since day one, 2-3 times a week for at least an hour each swim. Also, not to mention showering with it just about every day to control my music and still working like day one!
      You should probably charge it soon, while swimming and see if it works lol