As the Apple Watch gets into the hands of users worldwide, stress tests are filling the gaps in the press reviews we’ve read ahead of its release, as is the Apple Watch Sport’s water resistant ability: Apple doesn’t recommend you to take it under the shower or for a swim, and it does so for a reason. The Apple Watch has an IPX7 water-resistance rating.
“Submerging Apple Watch is not recommended,” the user guide reads. “Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant. Water resistance is not a permanent condition and Apple Watch cannot be rechecked or resealed for water resistance. The following may affect the water resistance of Apple Watch and should be avoided: Dropping Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts, submerging Apple Watch in water for long periods of time, swimming or bathing with Apple Watch, exposing Apple Watch to pressurized water or high velocity water, for example, showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on, wearing Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room.”
However, the guys from the Australian FoneFox team decided to test that feature, and they had a very pleasant surprise. The Apple Watch Sport model with a blue band was subjected to a light shower followed by a full shower (about five minutes), but the screen remained fully responsive.
What’s more surprising, though, is that the Watch got thrown into a bucket of water for five minutes and was still not damaged – you may recall that the guys from iFixit mentioned what measures Apple had taken.
To take it to the next level, the Apple Watch Sport went swimming in a pool. While its screen was unresponsive under water, due to its capacitive screen, it remained fully functional, even after 15 minutes under water.