Apple Watch (lifestyle 001)

The newly-introduced Apple Watch, the Cupertino firm’s long-expected foray into smartwatches, is actually water-resistant, not waterproof, technology columnist David Pogue has found out.

According to his hands-on article for Yahoo Tech, even though you can wear the device on the rain, when washing hands or cooking, you’ll need to take it off before hitting the shower.

“Sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it are fine,” reads his write-up. “Take it off before you swim or get in the shower, though”.

What’s the difference between water resistance and water-proofing?

In a nutshell, water-resistant objects use a protective layer which doesn’t permit water to soak through immediately, but after a while it will start to soak through.

Water-proofing uses various techniques to make an object virtually impervious to water, ensuring that no water will ever get in.

Apple Watch steel band

Three cool Apple Watch tidbits we learned about today:

  • It requires daily charging: but worry not: unhappy about its 24-hour battery, Apple is “working on various modifications” ahead of an early-2015 launch in order to improve the device’s energy efficiency.
  • Suited for both right and left-handed use: users can invert the device so left-handed people can wear it on their right arm
  • Mic and phone calling: a built-in microphone allows you to place phone calls from your wrist. The device uses your iPhone to place a phone call and acts basically as a Bluetooth headset.

Can’t get used to the ‘Apple Watch’ name?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one: even Apple CEO Tim Cook at one point during the two-hour long press conference mentioned an ‘iWatch’.

As pointed out by The Verge, Cook’s made the same mistake during his ABC News interview when mentioning that Apple’s developers are writing applications for the “iPhone and iPad and Mac and now, of course, as of today, the iWatch”.

For a quick overview of everything we know thus far about the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple Pay, I wholeheartedly recommend reading Cody’s excellent summation article.

[Yahoo Tech]

  • praz

    349$ and they yet couldnt make it waterproof ? c’mon apple you guys are better than this

    • The Phones are $650 and up and have the nerve to not be waterproof yet either. My they must be doing something wrong. It is water resistant a definite plus. Since its electronic I doubt it will ever be fully water-proof and that goes for anything.

      • praz

        yes but watch is something which people expect to be water proof in todays age .
        even if water resistant they can make it 100 m like for water sports activities.

        phone being water proof is something which i find useless personally as no one would like to personally take a phone for a shower but its different for watches.

      • I can only agree with you somewhat. I don’t plan on taking a shower with it just to check the time whilst showering but even if I did it would be covered by its water resistance. Other then that deep diving resistance is unneeded because you are probably not going to be able to use it under water in the first place.

      • Andrew Roth

        Xperia phones, tablets, and watches are… Lots of cameras are…

      • Yes they are but its a somewhat useless feature especially once that device is cracked or needs to be repaired. Or most commonly the plastic covers that protects the connections/openings fall/break off.

    • jack

      I don’t condone but they gotta have something to show off for next year

    • Leon

      You won’t wear your expensive movado or brightling in the shower, why would u wear the apple watch in the shower. Stop looking for ways to down play the device. Smh

  • Clemens P.

    To be honest with you, this is kind of a dealbreaker to me (non waterproof Apple Watch). I like wearing my Pebble during taking a shower because i can control spotify… But as always, I just can’t resist… 😛

    • Rowan09

      The Pebble isn’t waterproof.

      • praz

        and its not even for 349$

      • Rowan09

        It wouldn’t be worth $349, to be honest it should be less than $150 but it is what it is.

  • Karthos

    What really drives me crazy from all the pictures I’ve seen, is that the Apple Watch doesn’t have a single rectangular face, they’re all round. Round faces don’t belong on a rectangular device.

    • Even the first iPhone is a rectangle and is rounded all around just as the 6 :/ the watch shouldn’t be looked at any different.

      • Andrew Roth

        Yeah but the actual clock image is round rather than taking up the whole rectangle screen. Software not hardware. Looks like they designed everything for a circular watch and put it on a rectangle one.

      • They have a few square and rectangular watch faces if thats what you are worried about…

      • Karthos

        Sorry, what I meant was it has no rectangular analog faces.

  • Khalid Tahhan

    I know i keep mentioning this but i really do think it is an amazing smart watch. The cogito is water proof and battery lasts a year!

    • therealjjohnson

      Do you think those two watches are remotely close to each other?

      • Khalid Tahhan

        i actually do. i get alerted for calls messages etc when i forget my phone in silent mode on my desk at work and while driving so to me practically it does what i need. Also i like the round classic watch design. Most importantly is i really don’t see myself charging a watch every day. The cogito goes for a year.

        Now the truthful answer is that if battery technology permitted us today to have the apple watch features with a battery life longer than a day or two i would take the apple watch (prefer if ti was round but it is still elegant square). To me the deal breaker is the battery life and till battery tech gets there i really don’t want to be looking for a charging port for yet another device. I love my iphone don’t get me wrong but it has taught me the hassle of charging devices regularly. Dont want to go there again. Thank god for the better battery life on the ip6+.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Worst Year Ever…

    • You guys still haven’t gone over it? The people over at reddit used to think the watch was terrible, but they did some research and learned it was not. Stop calling it the ‘worst year’. Remember the iPod release? People called it a failure, overpraised and stupid. Was it? No. What about the iPhone. It was also over priced. Was it a failure? No! Get over it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Its that simple.

    • Micaiah Martin

      I wouldn’t say worst year…I mean look. We got iOS 8 with some great features. Yosemite? A freaking sweet OS for the Mac. Apple surprised us with a kickass coding language (Swift).

      If you look at the release of the iPhone 5…it wasn’t mind blowingly (not a word, I know) more than the iPhone 4S. Sure, bigger screen, faster processor, different look, different design. Basically the same differences of the iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5S. This is the typical Apple. If you want something to shout and jump for joy for. Then wait for the S series. Those are always better. I remember when I could stop smiling after Apple blew us away with their release of the iPhone 5S. Remember the Touch ID that even android people are drooling over because ours “just works”? Or what about the kickass 64bit processor that the androids are still catching up on? And the motion coprocessor! All the goodies are packed into the S series, always are, always will be. So do what I do…and keep with the S’s 😀 Cheers mate

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        Goood point! I will not buy the 6 and wait for the 6S for the cool features

      • yep

        “We got iOS 8 with some great features.”

        – really? you mean the features Android has had for 3-4 years now? it will be iOS 12 before apple users get widgets, something Android has had since 2008. and im sure yall will say “we dont need widgets, they are dumb” and crap like that, just like yall said “we don’t need bigger screens, they are stupid, they wont fit in my pocket, i have retina display and you don’t, even though your display is full hd and mine isnt even 720p, but it has the word retina in front of it so its amazing”. and now yall have iBoners for these bigger screens…

        Yall need to wake up.

      • Mikasa Ackerman

        Droidsheep 😀

        Your android needs 3GB of ram and a massive battery, and iPhone with less than half those specs outperforms in every way. You need to wake up and realize Android sucks, hard. Android has a watered down version of what’s on iOS. Apple takes your features, laughs at the crap job the developer did, and perfects it the way Android could never do.

        Enjoy your crap wannabe iOS apps, and your over powered specs that perform worse than a phone with half those specs. xD droid retards, probably think an AMD 8 core 8350 overclocked at 4.7ghz is better than an quad core i7 clocked at 3.1ghz… spec fools… i7 would blow the 8350 out the water … with ease. Specs aren’t everything. And still you droidsheep brag about your 3gb of RAM xD your operating system is using 1.5gb of it alone LOL DROID SHEEP! Go back to your Yellowscreen Oneplus One xD

      • yep

        lol, typical iFag, couldn’t actually talk about anything i brought up, just wanted to bring up the fact that 3gb of ram is better than 1gb, apparently you don’t realize android has way more features that actually utilize the extra ram, like, ya know, widgets. something android has had for 6 years, it will be another 4 years before your iphone gets them, and then you’ll act like they are the most amazing things in the world. sad that y’all are still brainwashed.

      • I still don’t get why shmucks like you [aka Android dudes] care why do we use Apple products, or buy them? We don’t care about you buying/using Android. Not one bit. So leave us be, enjoying what we chose, and get the f*** out of here.

      • Sportcruiser

        Very accurate, my friend.

    • Rak S

      LOL… I think you need to get your priorities straight!

  • Beck Hoefling

    Apple watch 2 will be waterproof and have a better battery

    • White Michael Jackson

      Apple Watch 6*

  • Eikast

    As of now it’s water resistant. Who knows what could happen by March (early 2015) or with their second version. Their main focus is creating their first smart watch. Water proof is something that they’ll focus on near the end. Look at Samsung and their devices. They didn’t make the Galaxy S I water proof, they made their 5th S device water proof. Give Apple time.

    • George

      apple has had years to create something better, this could of been released 2 years ago instead of making people waste another $350 a year later.

      • Eikast

        Had years? Pebble was the first smart watch and it’s nothing compared to these Android smart watches and Apple’s watch.

        You’re talking as if this crap is easy as hell. What you said could be said about anything, iPhone 2g, iPad, Macbook Air (original). It’s taken about 5-7 years to get decent smart phones that can last almost all day and can do what people need them to do.

        When you’re spending billions of dollars in R&D you need to release something to make back that money spend in R&D then you can further improve a product to actually make a nice profit. This is the corporate world, not a group of friends who give stuff away for free.

        If you buy their first Apple Watch, no one is forcing you to get their second one. No one is forcing you or anyone to even buy their Apple watch to begin with. Technology improves over time. As of right now, there is no waterproof smart watch that has features similar to Apple’s watch. The Pebble is an e-book display with only physical buttons (no color display, no touch screen, no microphone etc).

      • Rak S

        To be fair, Tim Cook himself said that they had been working on this product for “years” in the keynote. The rumours alone surfaced 1.5 years ago (to my recollection) and you would expect a company like Apple to be working on stuff like this years in advance.

        Regardless of what will come in the future, this particular version of the Apple Watch is pretty poor on several counts.

  • Fevostone

    Tell you wot would be cool been able to get them watch faces on your iPhone lock screen as well would be well sweet

  • David Jensen

    “According to his hands-on article for Yahoo Tech, even though you can wear the device on the rain, when washing hands or cooking, you’ll need to take it off before hitting the shower”

    Lets really think about this for a few seconds… If you know some simple physics you know that pressure is the biggest problem when trying to make something sealed. So apparently you can wash your hands with it and also wear it in rain and even in steam. All these scenarios are all done above water, in other way at normal air pressure, whats then the difference in the shower?
    1. Longer exposure? Maybe but for some people washing or being in the rain could as well be for a long period of time.
    2. Hotter water? Well still not hotter than steam.
    3. More water? Might be more than in rain but sometimes it rains quite heavy too. Or when washing hands.

    Well the bottom line is that you will definitely be able to shower with it if you can wear it at the other scenarios. Please correct me if I’m wrong but I feel pretty solid on this!

  • Abhishek

    Agree, Apple should make it waterproof…..

  • Noicc1128

    It’s interesting. Tim Cook calls it the “iWatch” at the very last few seconds.