How will it handle the heat?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by haleigh, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. haleigh macrumors member

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    I'm definitely going to buy one, but I am curious how it'll handle being outside in the sun for a period of time. I know my phone has turned itself off a few times because of the heat and so I'm curious how the watch will be able to take it.
    Has anyone heard anything about this? Like if it can withstand hotter temps?
     
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    That's a good question. I'm sure it will have an operating temperature listed on the spec page when it's released.

    I currently have the original Pebble and it seems to not care at all about where it's at. I use it in the pool, in over 100°F weather outside in the sun, in subzero conditions outside, and never had an issue. But the pebble is MUCH different than the Apple watch.

    Interested to see, but I'm sure they've engineered it best they can as it's on you all the time anywhere you will be.
     
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

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    If anything I don't recommend taking it off and leaving it in your car when it's hot outside lol. It would be like putting a hot seat belt buckle on your wrist, but I know we are all smarter than that here. :)
     
  4. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    For what it's worth, in the special report from ABC, they did show the reporter visiting Apple's secret fitness lab and they have different rooms at different temperatures that simulate the different climates the watch will be used in. I'm pretty sure Apple has kept this in mind during the R&D process.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2015/03/21/apple-watch-abc-nightline/
     
  5. Piggie macrumors 604

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    That is true, however, direct midday summer sun shining onto a black screen and a black watch will make it get very hot.
    I'm sure, given the fact it's designed for the American market, it will be fully tested and be able to handle summer sunshine temps.
    Would be stupid to have to take a watch off due to heat.
     
  6. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I would like to believe they've thought this out very throughly. Our summers can be very brutal (as well as our winters) so I would be surprised if these watches can't withstand the elements we typically subject our wearables to. As a Floridian, that's the first thing that came to mind.
     
  7. Piggie macrumors 604

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    I am always impressed with cars in the summer.
    You leave your car out in the sun all day, and get inside, the surfaces, are too hot to touch, steering wheel red hot the radio is red hot all scorching, and yet it all works fine.

    Always impressed by that :)
     
  8. Phillybizzle macrumors regular

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    As someone who spends quite a bit of time in Arizona in summer.. This is a great point. We shall have to wait and see.
     
  9. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a

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    If you leave it sit on a table in direct sunlight, it probably will act in a similar fashion to the iPhone. That is, turn off. You would also be an idiot for doing that. On your wrist? It should be fine because it won't get direct sunlight, and the movement of your wrist through the air would probably be enough to keep it cool enough to operate it.
     
  10. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    I live in Miami and am getting the space black SS at launch (hooray tax return!), I'll let you know if it has problems or melts my wrist off :) It's already in the low 80's these days here, so if there are heat/humidity issues, we'll be among the first to know.
     

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