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Apple Watch takes a swim in a pool — find out if it survives

by Todd Haselton | April 24, 2015April 24, 2015 7:00 am PST

The Apple Watch is technically resistant to water, but Apple isn’t advertising it as such. Instead, it says you can work out with it and don’t have to worry about sweat or light rain damaging the wearable. One video puts the Apple Watch to the test to show just what it can withstand.

First, let’s go over what Apple says specifically of the Apple Watch in its fine print:

Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but 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.

The rule for an IPX7 rating is that the device should be able to withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Can the Apple Watch do that?

In the video from FoneFox below, a user showers with the watch—something Tim Cook has said he does—and it works just fine after. Then the device is dunked in a bucket of water for 5 minutes. Next, it takes a swim in the pool.

The capacitive touch display doesn’t work under water, though the crown turns just fine. After about 15 minutes under water at a depth of 1.2 meters, it continued to operate properly. “It’s a lot more waterproof than we had originally anticipated,” the video says.

The good news? Apple doesn’t recommend you get the Apple Watch wet, so you probably shouldn’t. But, should you find yourself tossed into a pool this summer, it should come out unscathed.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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