Apple Watch Proves 'More Waterproof Than Anticipated' in New Test

Thanks to the time difference, a few Australian Apple Watch customers began receiving their orders as early as yesterday afternoon here in the United States. Because of this, smartphone website FoneFox decided to put the Apple Watch through a variety of waterproof tests to measure just how much moisture the Watch could take before failing to function.

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The first test is a basic splash test followed by a five minute simulated shower complete with shampoo and soap, at the end of which the Apple Watch comes out noticeably unscathed and completely responsive to FoneFox's inputs on both its touch interface and digital crown. It should be pointed out that all of FoneFox's tests were completed with a 38mm Apple Watch Sport. Although it's hard to tell how different models of the Watch will size up to similar testing, it's clear after today's tests that most models in the Sport range should see similar results as FoneFox's.

After finding "absolutely no issues whatsoever" with the Watch after the shower test, FoneFox decided to place the Apple Watch Sport completely submerged in a bucket for another five minutes. After the Watch produced similarly impressive results, the website took the device for a swim in a pool. Despite obvious responsive issues when placed underwater, after a 15 minute swim the wearable remained as functional for FoneFox as it was when taken out of the box.


Apple's estimation of the waterproof rating for Apple Watch has most likely been underplayed, as most technology is, due to certain legal and business reasons. The company gave the wrist-worn device a water resistance rating of IPX7, suggesting it to be splash and water resistant but not completely waterproof. Tim Cook even claimed he wore his own personal Apple Watch in the shower back in February, pointing at a better-than-expected waterproof rating for the device ahead of its launch.

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Locoboof Avatar
119 months ago
Oh! I get it!! That's why Tim is doing this swim move. Showing us the watches water resistant abilities.

Score: 90 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dwalls90 Avatar
119 months ago
"Under promise, over deliver."

With everything except pre-orders.
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
119 months ago
15 min swim is impressive but won't satisfy the "but I need a watch to survive a few laps across the English Chanel" folks. :D
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BCWorld Avatar
119 months ago
Wow, I honestly have to give credit where credit is due. Apple got down with the Apple Watch and the new Macbook. I was blown away by this news and shocked at how small the s1 chip is. I am not interested in either products yet, but one cannot help but admire the engineering of these brilliant products. Great Job Apple....:):apple:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Daws001 Avatar
119 months ago
I do. Haven't taken my Rolex off for over a year (except to get through airport security).

I bet you have entire civilizations of bacteria living under that Rolex.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tasset Avatar
119 months ago
At least I won't feel as anxious if I get caught in a blinding rain storm. Swimming though, not gonna do it.
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