it's a shame the watch is not waterproof

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by slenpree, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    ...because then you could use it when you go for a swim, since the Bluetooth range is extended by wifi the watch would probably maintain a connection back to your phone in a locker. In my experience, Bluetooth range is better than most people realise.
  2. Gooberton macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    Then you have had bad experience , Bluetooth range is horrible
  3. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    If it was swim-proof, I'd likely buy one.

    That said, metal lockers would likely attenuate Bluetooth/wifi. No biggie for me, because solo swimming is my time to think, undisturbed.

    It would be great on the beach, however. For tracking down friends and family. ("When are we all meeting for dinner?")
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    at least it is shower proof :)

    It would be nice to swim with though. That is one of my favorite features of the pebble.
  5. rjlawrencejr macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    I understand the reason the watch is not waterproof is due to the touch screen.
  6. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    It's likely much more water resistant than Apple claims, but they don't want to deal with warranty issues of people pushing the envelope like swimming, scuba diving, etc. They also don't want to deal with people complaining that the watch can't communicate with their phone through 10M of water.
  7. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    That has no bearing on whether it is water proof. Something being waterproof doesn't mean it can be actively used, just, it will not be ruined by submersion in water in your lifetime.

    It is true, though, that the touchscreen won't work under water. There's a good chance the crown won't either. Whether any of it will be operable when slightly wet with drops of rain or whatnot remains to be seen.
  8. rjlawrencejr macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    Well I thought the touch screen was affected by the water pressure.
  9. Julien, Apr 2, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015

    Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Not a chance since it is designed to be put under a lot of pressure in everyday use (Force Touch). The most venerable parts are reported to be the transducers (speaker & mic). The case is likely water tight to 5 ATM or more. The case would likely leak and equalize the pressure before the screen cracked.

    I bet the transducers can even take >5 ATM but Apple MUST be conservative because of the HUGE numbers it will sell.
  10. melburstein macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2012
    I wonder if Liquipel waterproofing spray ( might work on the Apple Watch. I first saw this product on the Shark Tank where it was used to waterproof cell phones.

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