I’ve always praised my Pebble Watch for it’s resistance to water. This meant I could put my watch on in the morning and not have to worry about it till I go to bed. The Apple Watch, on the other hand, made me a bit worrisome. According to Apple, the Watch has an IPX7 water resistance rating. In comparison, the Pebble Watch has a 5ATM water resistance rating. Find out more here. A new video submerged on YouTube Friday, testing out how water resistive Apple’s wearable device really is. Not only do they demonstrate simple tasks like showering, but they go as far as going for a 5 minute swim with it.
Here’s the video:
When Apple first announced the Watch back in September, nobody knew if the Apple Watch provided any sort of water resistance. Later on, Tim Cook told a group of Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wore the watch all day, even in the shower. Finally, at the company’s Spring Forward event, Tim Cook and Co. let the world know that the Watch has an IPX7 water resistance rating. Here’s what Apple recommends:
- 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.
I would never wear my Apple Watch swimming, but showering with the wearable isn’t too far off, it seems.