Apple Watch water resistance tested: 15 minutes fully submerged with no issues

“Over in Australia, the team at FoneFox have already been putting the Apple Watch through its paces underwater,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac.

“Apple claims an IPX7 water-resistance rating for its device, which means it can withstand 1 metre of submersion for 30 minutes,” Mayo reports. “However, companies often conservatively state the limits of waterproofness for legal reasons.”

FoneFox submerged the Apple Watch Sport underwatcer while swimming fro a full 15 minutes and had no issues whatsoever.

MacDailyNews Take: Under-promise and overdeliver.

Now, WTF are our Watches?! UPS tracking says “out for delivery” since 6:55am EDT. This Watch watch is killing us!


  1. Well, that’s good to know. When I did wear a watch ages ago I didn’t like wearing it while in the water anyway. I guess if you need that much reassurance for use during physical activity then…there you go!

    1. On a side delivery note, my son ordered his slate gray MacBook on April 11 from the Arrowhead Apple Store with a 4-6 week delivery timeframe, and we just received notice today that it had shipped, estimated delivery April 29, 3 1/2 weeks.

  2. For all you UPS “waiters”….go to the site and print the pre-sign form for the UPS guy and tape it to the front door and go about your business…………………………………

    1. I tried that and I didn’t have the option to pre-sign. Talk to someone at Apple and they said you could not pre-sign for the watch since it was highly sought after.

  3. I’m really happy to hear about the waterproof-ness. I didn’t expect to go scuba diving with it, but based on Cook’s admission of wearing it in the shower and the IPX7 rating I expected it to do better than simply withstanding a splash.

    And, yes, MDN, where’s my Watch???!!! Yeesh!

  4. Too bad they botched the test. As the water around the island is extra wet both the swimmer and the watch should have stayed submerged and at the bottom of the pool for a full 15 minutes. Additionally weights should be tied to the swimmer to keep him/her at the bottom of the pool so that that test can be properly evaluated.
    The test needs some statistical validation so I do hope they can gather as many anustralians as they can and keep them and their watches at the bottom of swimming pools for at least 15 minutes.

      1. Just doing my part as a public service to make the world a better place. I know it might be a bit brutal and extreme but I’m confident that the watch can take it.

        Glad you appreciate the humor. Have a great weekend Derek.

  5. aaaand, for fellow OCD-ers like myself, here is the IPX classification table:

    Test Level Definitions

    IPX-0 No special protection

    IPX-1 Protected against falling water Equivalent to 3-5mm rainfall per minute for a duration of 10 minutes.
    Unit is placed in its normal operating position.

    IPX-2 Protected against falling water when tilted up to 15 degrees – Same as IPX-1 but unit is tested in 4 fixed positions –
    tilted 15 degrees in each direction from normal operating position.

    IPX-3 Protected against spraying water – Water spraying up to 60 degrees from vertical at 10 liters/min at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2 for 5 min.

    IPX-4 Protected against splashing water – Same as IPX-3 but water is sprayed at all angles.

    IPX-5 Protected against water jets – Water projected at all angles through a 6.3mm nozzle at a flow rate of 12.5 liters/min at
    a pressure of 30kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters.

    IPX-6 Protected against heavy seas – Water projected at all angles through a 12.5mm nozzle at a flow rate of 100 liters/min at
    a pressure of 100kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters.

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

    IPX-8 Protected against water submersion – The equipment is suitable for continual submersion in water under conditions which are identified by the manufacturer.

  6. I cheated on my delivery. I have a free UPS account andI used the free option to redirect delivery to the UPS distribution center where I live. I was able to go down when they opened at 8am and pick it up 🙂

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