Will you shower with your Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by CharlieCat666, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. CharlieCat666 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    Tim Cook apparently does.

    I had planned on doing so but a friend argues that the water may damage the casing; not as an issue of water resistance, but because the water in my city is somewhat hard, it may corrode or make spots on the casing. Now, Apple's made quite a fuss about their Stainless Steel; I'd like to believe it can hold its own against some "hard water" but the watch is considerably more expensive than any of my other watches.

    On the other hand, I've got a Pebble now and I'm not sure I can imagine NOT showering with a smart watch. However silly it may seem, I've gotten used to knowing who's calling/texting me while I'm in the shower, and I find it rather unpleasant to think that I may miss some prudent details within the ten to fifteen minutes it takes me to shower.

    Has anyone else given this any thought?
    And if so, please specify which series you're planning on getting.
  2. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
  3. Esexx macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2015
    I would not shower with it on. It is only water resistant. Even though it might be fine.

    I will switch to my Rolex for the shower.

    Tim Cook is different, he did not have to pay for his Apple watch!
  4. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    No. I don't with my current watch (which is waterproof), and there's a clock in our bathroom anyway. Besides, my eyes can hardly focus and my brain can barely coordinate my hand to move cereal to my mouth in the mornings, I couldn't bear to think what I'd look like trying to operate a tiny touchscreen in the shower...
  5. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Depends on which strap you get. Would not shower with a leather one
  6. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    I advise against it.

    Common wisdom amongst WISs is that a shower is more detrimental than, say, swimming. Diver watches etc are designed for gradual and sustained changes in pressure, whereas a shower throws in steam, soap, varying temperatures etc. Just because it can survive such conditions doesn't mean you should.

    Equally, your choice of strap material is significant.
  7. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    I'm not worried about it. I'll probably shower in it sometimes, and even do light swimming in it. 1m deep for 30 minutes isn't a terrible water rating.
  8. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Apple says:

    2. 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 bands are not water resistant.

    Needs 3 ATM for showering, which it does not have:

    So it will void warrenty.
  9. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Probably not.

    Considering when I wake up, my phone is still on it's charger while I'm showering and before I get dressed. I assume the same will go for the Watch.
  10. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    It is not 1m for 30min, it is:
    Any immersion of more than 1 meter, regardless of duration of immersion, or any immersion of more than 30 minutes, regardless of depth of immersion.

    And "immersion" is not the same as moving the watch in water. Moving creates pressure against it.
  11. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Yep, and 3 ATM really means keep it 30m away from water!
  12. Aces2412 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2012
    Near DC
    Went with Pebble for this reason

    Here we go again. I love apple and have 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, & 2 macs. I think apple is saying two different things 1. giving it a rating the is 1 meter for 30 mins 2. do not submerge, its ok in the shower or rain.

    I wanted a smart watch to swim laps with, so yesterday a got a pebble off craigslist for $50 bucks. Its not fancy but will hold me over until :apple:watch 2 comes out and the water resistance drama is determined.

    So I am using swim.com app with pebble and it works. Pebble interface is like stepping back in time.
  13. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    Moving pressure creates little extra pressure on a watch. That's been debunked for years on watch forums. The end of this post explains: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/water-resistance-myth-vs-reality-159142.html#post1086618

    Do you have a source for the IPX7 explanation? There seems to be a lot of confusion about this. Thanks!
  14. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    The IPX7 rating is copied from apples watch webpage, the rest is from the garmin link.
  15. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I can't imagine showering with any watch, much less an Apple Watch

    I don't shower with my iPhone, my iPad, my wallet, or my car keys either
    Maybe I'm in the minority, but I prefer to be naked in the shower so I can, um, you know... shower with suds and shampoo and get clean
    I am not in the shower long enough to need a watch to tell me the time
  16. Centaurr macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2015
    i dont shower with watches, i shower with females ;):D:p
  17. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Your link says at 100m the dynamic pressure is irrelevant. If you take his worst case scenarios, you would exceed the rating by a factor of 2 just below the surface.
  18. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Probably have it charging while in the shower
  19. CharlieCat666 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    But in that case, think, if you're logging your exercise for the day and working toward fitness achievements, do you really want to loose that 15 minutes of cardio :)?
  20. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Haha this is a good point. Every time I get in the shower I make sure to plug in both my phone and iPad.
  21. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    Seriously, who showers with a watch on?

    I generally shower to get clean. Therefore I take everything off. I can't think of any time where receiving a call or text in in the shower is that important. Or where I'm in there long enough to change tracks. Ok, I'm in California where we have a drought situation so we don't spend 30 mins in the shower but even so, if you have a track that you hate enough that you simply have to change it, either remove it from your iTunes library or change your pandora preferences to tracks that you do like!!
  22. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    No, but not because I'm concerned about it being sensitive to the wash... more of a personal hygiene thing.
  23. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    First, I won't be buying one. Secondly if I did, I don't want the nsa seeing any more than they do already.

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