altitude limit for the apple watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Ben_Dover, May 12, 2015.

  1. Ben_Dover macrumors regular

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    does anyone know? thanks..

    ps. i did go to the site :D
     
  2. takaiguchi macrumors member

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    Good to know. I'm hiking killie and want to make sure I don't trash my watch. :)
     
  3. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    It took my watch from sea level to 13,000 feet and back down several times today with no issues.
     
  4. speedbumpnv macrumors 6502

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    The operational altitude of other iThings is "tested up to 10,000 feet".
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Only really applies to tech with platter based drives, fan cooled cpu's and seems to have stuck round like a bad smell
     
  6. Zxxv Suspended

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    I don't think apple cares if you have an attitude or not; they'll sell you a watch.
     
  7. matt550 macrumors 6502

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    Never thought of this. I'll be bringing mine up some 14,000 foot peaks this summer.
     
  8. Etiene macrumors regular

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    I'll be heading up Kili in a month's time: hoping to use my watch and a pebble battery charger to monitor the activity... Anyone taken an iPhone up Kili or higher at all? Any problems...?
     
  9. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    I was going to say, the temperature specs are identical for the iDevices, so I would expect the altitude specs to be similar.

    I wouldn't expect oxygen and air pressure to have much effect on the internals, except perhaps the taptic engine.
     
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  11. lazyrighteye macrumors 68000

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    Fellow Coloradan?
     
  12. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    Anyone aboard the International Space Station have one or is expecting one? :rolleyes:
     
  13. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    test out the space grey in space :D
     
  14. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Very cheap electronics, both commercial and homemade, at regularly sent to altitudes in excess of 32 km (105,000 ft) and returned with no ill effects.
     
  15. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    The only problem you will likely have is that it probably will be cold enough to want gloves and iPhone touch screens don't work with gloves on.
     
  16. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    Actually I have a pair of gloves that allow me to use my phone with them on. However, I don't think they will protect my hands much in space.

    Since my gloves exist it means that actual space gloves could be made to work in space if there were really a need for them.
     
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    I never understood the name "space gray".. for starters - space isn't gray. Second, for such a specific color name, it's a different shade of gray on each different device.
     
  18. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    just a marketing term :p
     
  19. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    "Air pollution gray" make more sense :p
     
  20. Zxxv Suspended

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    cause 'space and grey' sounds silly
     
  21. Etiene macrumors regular

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    I've no intention of doing much with phone or watch at altitude: phone will be to allow the watch to sync every day or so, watch to track the activity but not really interact with per se. Those tasks can be accomplished in the tent I hope, so no need for special gloves (though I do have some Gore running gloves with touch fingers which could be used as undergloves).

    Question was more for comparison: assuming similar performance in the electronics then if someone's taken an iPhone up to that height then the watch ought to survive fine...?
     
  22. matt550 macrumors 6502

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    Yup!
     
  23. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Have you thought about a way to charge them? The phone probably would last that long, I've gotten close to a week out of an iPhone while traveling and only occasional use for pictures, but the watch won't last that long without a charge.
     
  24. Esoom macrumors 6502

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    We need a high altitude balloon test done on it, and a massive free fall drop test :)
     
  25. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    I am issued an iPad for work to use as an EFB (electronic flight bag). iPads have been tested to work up to 51,000 feet or higher.

    This article is a bit dated, as we are going to be issued iPad Air 2 in the near future as an upgrade to our iPad 2 devices.

    http://ww1.jeppesen.com/company/newsroom/articles.jsp?newsURL=news/newsroom/2012/iPad_miniand4thG_RapidD_test_NR.jsp

    It is hard to imagine the watch having any issues with working at even extreme altitudes while on the ground.
     

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