Swimming with the apple watch sport

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  1. slenpree macrumors 6502a

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  2. jordanst macrumors member

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    Tim Cook apparently showers with his. It's probably not waterproof enough for swimming, but we'll see tomorrow! It would be useful for water fitness related activities.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    It shouldn't be marketed as a sports watch it you can't play sports with it on...

    So I would assume yes.
     
  4. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

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    it would be way cool if it was.

    Like a diving version. Good up to 100 ft. Sends you texts when your out of air. Says "Goodbye" if that happens at 100 ft.

    Stuff like that.
     
  5. Arran macrumors 68040

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    I'm on the fence about whether I even want an Apple watch. I'd be sold if it's swim-proof. Even better if it tracks laps swum.

    OTOH, If I have to take it off and leave it at home or in a not-terribly-secure locker at the gym, then forget about it.
     
  6. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

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    Let's see now, so your wallet is expendable? :D
     
  7. Ries macrumors 68000

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    http://www.cultofmac.com/295055/apple-watch-water-resistant-waterproof/#RRSMQfT6gmwGV83O.99

    Tech journalist David Pogue learned a couple of things about Apple’s new wearable in a private briefing during today’s media event. Apple told him that its watch is “water resistant,” not waterproof. “Sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it is fine. Take it off before the swim or get in the shower, though.”

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/15...mproved-since-unveiling-can-be-worn-in-shower

    Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch has improved since unveiling, can be worn in shower

    But then again, Tim has an unlimited supply of apple watches. If it breaks he properly open his drawer and slaps on a new one.
     
  8. Arran macrumors 68040

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    No it's not. It doesn't go in a locker either. Nothing of value does.
     
  9. Mikes1 macrumors member

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    I expect a water resistance rating of 3-5ATM so not good for swimming
     
  10. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    I could imagine some company making a tight silicone "condom" thing that you slip onto the Watch which covers the speaker and mic openings, as well as the crown. This would essentially waterproof it for swimming, as long as you don't go diving or such...

    Heck, I should have patented this idea. *shrug* Oh well, what's done is done! :D
     
  11. slenpree thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    **Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water-resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather straps are not water resistant.

    IPX-7 Waterproof Standard:
    Protected against water immersion - Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.

    ...so you can go for a 30 minute surface swim! :s
     
  12. Sharkey311 Suspended

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    I fail to understand why you can't wear this while wading in water or swimming laps on the surface.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Well they obviously cannot turn down water damage claims. So it's waterproof until you break it.

    Will we have watergate :p
     
  14. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a

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    IPX7 is not really meant for swimming. I think it is more for accidental submersion.
     
  15. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    It's really disappointing Apple didn't touch on this at the keynote.

    But who would take their watch in the shower? It's not submerged... I don't think I would risk it.
     
  16. Sharkey311 Suspended

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    If 3rd party companies can waterproof an iPod Shuffle (I see swimmers with them attached to their heads all the time at the pool) I'm sure there'll be companies that can waterproof this watch.

    I'll be damned if Apple restricts me from wearing this swimming.
     
  17. urtules macrumors member

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    So I'm going to the swimming pool. I checked the Workout app and there is no swimming workout there. Although I know I can swim with them (I saw on the YouTube video) I just can't see the benefit of doing it. The only one benefit I can see is you don't have to take it off and on when going to the pool. Setting the personal time is kind of cool too, to know how much time you spend in the water.
     
  18. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Apple is not restricting you from doing anything with the watch. They will however decline to honor the warranty if you violate the terms of it.

    I also thought the ability to waterproof the shuffle would translate to the Watch, but I don't think it will for the same reason that the waterproof nano never worked, the same company that waterproofs the shuffles withdrew it almost as quickly as they offered it due to the numerous failures. There's a lot of factors besides water ingress that submersion and force may affect. The Shuffle is basically encasing the entire electronics in a waterproof coating, like a paperweight. But adding a backlight, and taptic engine, etc may not function properly encased like that. I suspect the Digital Crown would be a major impediment to water proofing the watch that way.

    If you insist on taking it into the water, then you should get a waterproof case for it. Third party swimming apps will most likely hit the App store with the intention of being used with such a case.

    But make no mistake, the watch is evidently more water-resistant than IPX7 suggests, but moving water and resulting pressure (like from a swimming stroke), is likely well beyond the scope of what the watch can routinely endure. Keep in mind too that temperature changes can also affect the seals as well. Going from a 90 degree afternoon in Santa Monica into a 60 degree ocean is enough to cause those seals to quickly contract, combined with outside force, leading to water ingress. Likewise going from a 50 degree atmosphere into a 103 degree hot tub.

    Apple says not to use compressed air to clean the watch -- gental flow of household tap water from a faucet for no more than :10 was recommended by Apple. That's a far cry from splashing about in a pool, or submerging in dramatically different temperatures.
     
  19. neilc1970 macrumors newbie

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    Maybe not officially but its waterproof alright.
    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/05/apple-watch-waterproofing.html
     
  20. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    That's impressive. And I'm with the reviewer -- if the Watch really is capable of swimming and extended submersion at depth, then they should have gotten a proper IPX8 rating.

    I would buy a nice stainless Watch in a heartbeat if I could surf in it, where having a clock, tide chart, digital door key, and a digital wallet with me would be invaluable -- especially now that we know it remembers wifi networks, so I could pop by the local coffee shop and pick up my messages too before I head home.
     
  21. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    We've had this debate a few times now. If there's water damage, you did something beyond the IPX7 (1.4psi) rating. None of us knows for certain how Apple's going to deal with these warranty claims, but I somehow doubt they're just going to forgive everyone that ignores what they've stated to the press as well as what's in the warranty document.

    Me, I think they'll do a pre-auth on your credit card when you make the claim - if investigation yields that you exceeded the capabilities of the watch, you're charged for the replacement.

    That's not counting Applecare of course - feel free to use up one of your 2 accidental claims.
     
  22. mistersandman macrumors member

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    If you want to swim with a smart watch buy the Pebble. My Pebble has gone swimming in a pool and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean without any problems whatsoever. That's why I still plan to keep my 2 Pebble watches even though I have my Apple watch.

    My apple watch will remain dry with exception to the occasional splash due to hand washing, doing dishes, washing the car, and possibly being pushed into a pool. That's all.
     
  23. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    I would love to replace my dive computer with an :apple: watch :eek:
     

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