Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables
Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.
The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.
In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly unharmed by even the most daunting submerged water tests.
Maker also shot videos of the Apple Watch surviving a high dive test in which he jumped twice off the 5-meter platform and once off the 10-meter with the Apple Watch performing normally afterwards.
Maker’s final test took place outside of a swimming pool in a makeshift waterproof test chamber, designed to simulate varying meters of pressure below the surface of the water. The Apple Watch, which is rated for only 1 meter of depth for waterproofing, was simulated with two separate dives of 40 meters during Maker’s test. The results, unsurprisingly, fell in line with his previous findings for the Watch, with all of its various features appearing to function as expected following the stress test.
Keep in mind that the Apple Watch’s warranty doesn’t cover any of these things, nor does it cover even a simple shower with soap. Please be careful if you test this on your own and visit the link below for access to Maker’s other test videos.