S2 SS safe from beach and pool?

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  1. LordQ macrumors 68040

    LordQ

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    Hi guys, I know the S2 is water resistant, but is it safe from the beach (salt and sand) and the pool (chlorine) waters? I am going on holiday this Friday and want to swim with it. I understand we should wash the watch afterwards with drinking water?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Yes. Apple has specified Series 2 is safe for Pool and the Ocean. Rinse throughly when completed with tasks.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205000
     
  4. Ixidor macrumors regular

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    The water itself is fine, but I'd try to avoid contact with sand. Minerals in sand can scratch the screen of the Apple Watch. If you have the stainless steel or Edition version, the sapphire screen is less susceptible, but scratches are still possible.
     
  5. RamGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Stainless Steel with Sapphire shouldn't get scratches on the screen, but the steel will have a really rough time with sand. The salt water in and out of itself shouldn't be a problem if you have it in "water locked mode".
     
  6. christarp macrumors 6502

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    There seems to be a big misconception about what water lock does. Water lock is a software feature that just locks the screen and prevents unintended touch events. It doesn't do anything to seal the phone any more than usual. Water lock on or off will not affect the water resistance of the watch, it only prevents water (because it's capacitive) from interacting with the screen and taking you to unintended menus and such.
     
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    I am betting under the right conditions that the sand CAN scratch the sapphire screen. A friend of mine damaged his sapphire screen when he just brushed it up against a brick wall.
     
  8. LordQ thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks everyone for your insights, guess I will swim with it in the pool but take it off on the beach.
     
  9. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    I agree. I'm always reading comments which implies water lock makes all the opening seal up like a fortress to prevent water entering the Watch. Jeez,,,do a little research people!
     
  10. Ixidor macrumors regular

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    If people are getting confused about what the Water Lock does, I think its Apple that has done a "bad" job at communicating what it does. Apple products are supposed to be easy to use, without the need for instruction manuals or research.
     
  11. Relentless Power, Apr 27, 2017
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    Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I disagree. I don't think Apple did a "Bad" job and they certainly cannot explain every feature that a product entails. The Apple Watch is no exception, which we all know has many possibilities. As others have said, sometimes to figure out certain features, they need to be researched before purchasing to make a determination if the product is right for you and what the feature does.

    All through Apple's product line, there are many features with the iPhone/MacBook/iPad that have options that most Were not aware or had the potential to execute certain possibilities, and would not be necessarily understood what they were unless researched or discussed.

    On a sidenote, I have observed through these forums others mentioning that Apple should focus on XYZ for advertising or on XYZ during keynotes, and I always look at it like Appe cannot elaborate on every feature a product has. Nor can They spend an inordinate amount of time during keynotes on every feature.
     
  12. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Apple does assume that its users have a minimum amount of intelligence.
     
  13. Ixidor macrumors regular

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    I agree that Apple doesn't have to explain every single feature. But I can see why people are confused about what "water lock" does. The term is misleading.
     
  14. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Apple user for over 15 years here. Never once have read any instructions or how too lol.

    I thought water lock meant it doesn't let water in when activated. I feel dumb now lol. Oh well. This forum has def taught me many things over the years.
     
  15. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    If you buy from the Apple Store, Apple gives you the opportunity to schedule a session with a specialist to go over key features of your product and they will give some App suggestions for getting started. I am not sure when they started doing this. I actually took advantage of it with my new MBP and found it useful, I did not with the watch as it seemed pretty straight foward, but I believe I am still inside the window to do so.

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