Apple Watch (lifestyle 001, teaser)

Apple has never said that its Watch would be safe to use in the shower or while swimming, but now CEO Tim Cook has ostensibly confirmed that the device can in fact be worn while taking a shower.

French blog iGen.fr reported that Tim Cook said speaking to employees at an Apple Store in Berlin today that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”

While Cook’s comment appears to indicate that the Watch’s water resistance has changed since it was first announced last year, AppleInsider cautions that it’s also possible that “Cook was simply misheard while on his trip to Berlin.”

There are still many unknowns related to the device and water resistance has remained one of them.

Apple on its part is expected to hold a media event ahead of the Watch’s April debut to divulge additional tidbits like price points of higher-end models and details such as repairability, upgradeability and water resistance.

Following the Apple Watch unveiling last fall, journalist David Pogue learned from an Apple representative that users will be able to wear the device when washing hands as it was designed to withstand rain, sweat from a workout and more.

The device is arriving this April, priced at $349 for the base model. The biggest unknown is the price of the Apple Watch Edition.

According to a poll we ran yesterday, one out of each four respondents think a fair asking price for the 18-karat gold version would fall somewhere in the range of $1,000 and $1,500.

Apple pundit John Gruber is thinking more like $10,000 though he doesn’t even rule out the $20,000 price point given the high prices of traditional gold watches.

Based on the price of gold alone, the 42mm Apple Watch Edition could cost the company about $850 for an 18 karat process, a Luma Labs co-founder Greg Koenig has determined.

Source: iGen.fr (Google Translate)

  • iBanks

    That’s cool and all, but I surely won’t be wearing mine in the shower. Hell, I’ll be sure to have it covered up in the rain.

  • Traditional Gold Watches in the 10-20k range last 50 years+ the apple watch will be antiquated in 1 year with a replacement mark s, II, IIs, and so on. That comparison is similar to comparing a 57 Ferrari to a Tesla Model S. Only the most bling obsessed would waste 10-20k on it, limiting the market to maybe 10 people.

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    Yes won’t be getting the pebble then.

    • George

      10 hour battery life vs 7 days, let’s go with the apple watch.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Don’t care about the battery now that i can at least wear it in water

  • Fanboy 

    YES YES YES. I was going to keep my Pebble around specifically for shower, swimming, etc. but if this is true then bye bye 😀

    • jaysoncopes

      Swimming will more than likely be a big no, but instances where water might run over it (shower, water park, etc.) is more what this article discusses.

      • Benedict

        LG’s G Watch has IP67 certification for dust and water resistance (1 meter for 30 minutes). So I think it will have the same…

  • kurt

    I can live without having my watch/phone for the short time that I am taking a shower! I am not that plugged into my device. The notifications that come in can wait.

    • Liam Whiteley

      I’m guessing it’s not just notifications, this could also mean you can play music in the shower or the radio as well from your wrist without needing to bring another device-Could be handy.

      • kurt

        Does it have a speaker? If it does I can’t imagine it being all that powerful, but hey I could be wrong! I just use a waterproof shower speaker for music, I hit play on the phone before I get in the shower and listen to music that way. If the music is on your wrist it might would be difficult to listen to since your arm is constantly moving. Just my thoughts, obviously not everyone is the same on that.

      • Steven Honey

        use blutooth/non waterproof speaker that i leave on the sink and would be nice if i could control the music from inside the shower sometimes.

      • John

        I assume it does, because the Apple Watch allows you to have conversations on it.

        Hmm…

      • Liam Whiteley

        Having the Apple Watch means you can also change volume, control what song is playing-even change what app the song is playing from, say for example, you could change from a radio app to spotify.

        I do see that if you do want louder music(without headphones), that wireless speakers could be better-but having an Apple Watch could still be useful as you can change song, app etc.

    • Steven Honey

      For me, its more of a inconvenience…having to take the watch on and off to prevent water damage, and then also because of the battery problem, having to take it off every night to charge it. would just rather have the convenience of never having to worry about it. Not because i can’t live without the notifications.

      • kurt

        Yeah I can see the inconvenience, I myself take my watch off always when showering basically so its not in the way when I’m washing my arm and I don’t want to get soap grime on the watch. So for me it would be no difference than my normal watch, I take it off to sleep and shower anyways.

      • Same here. My watch is almost practically surgically attached to my wrist. Which is a big consideration when it comes to getting a smart watch because of charging and water… =/ Should I save the money or is it time to change my habit?

  • Jamessmooth

    So if the watch only has one day battery life, and I can keep it on when I sleep to track sleep and now when I shower, when the hell am I supposed to charge it?

    • Maxim∑

      who sleeps with a watch on? do you REALLY need to track your sleep? that to me is completely useless, record what time you go to sleep and wake up..

      • MaximE

        You know how Apple niggas are. They would stick the Apple watch up their ass if Apple said it was safe and normal to do that.

      • iPhoner

        I guess you’ve never used a watch to wake up. Getting up to my watch vibrating is the main reason why I love my striiv touch.

      • Maxim∑

        again.. do you see how small the striiv is compared to the Apple watch..

      • iPhoner

        Half… And I’d wear two striiv watches if it meant the battery would last twice as long. 😉

      • Dan

        Ever heard of fitbit? A lot of people like to keep track of that stuff.

      • Maxim∑

        do you see the size of a fitbit vs the Apple watch? that’s not even comparable

      • Dan

        Well your initial question was who tracks their sleep.

      • Maxim∑

        I didn’t really consider the striiv/fitbit a watch but your right. Was thinking more of Android wear watches etc

      • John

        Doesn’t the Galaxy Gear have a watch/sleep tracker in it?

      • Dan

        I’m actually considering the new fitbit hr, sleep tracking, heart rate monitor, tells time, chronometer, even shows who’s calling and texting.

      • Maxim∑

        I was too, but the HR is so thin it doesn’t stay in contact with your wrist well. So I wouldn’t buy it for the heart rate feature

      • Steven Honey

        Who REALLY needs an iWatch? its not a question of necessity, its what he wants…not needs. Sleep number beds offer sleep tracking software that cost way more than the iWatch. People with problems sleeping use this software to track movements at night so show enters and exits of rem sleep and how much quality sleep they are getting. Important to some people and if apple could solve this battery issue then we could save money compared to more expensive options like sleep number.

      • John

        Yup. I agree.
        Also as a shift worker, I’m quite interested in my sleep cycles and monitor my sleep nightly.

        It’s a shame that Apple haven’t included this in the first generation of the Apple Watch, I think this is very disappointing but not unexpected if Apple haven’t been able to produce a battery life of 2-3 days.

    • John

      Who said you’re able to track your sleep with it?
      Apple sure as heck haven’t.

      • Steven Honey

        It has a gyroscope in it…right? senses movement…right? Gee, i wonder what all kinds of apps an app developer could develop with hardware like that? Sleep tracking possibly?

  • Nathan

    The Pebble is water proof……and the battery lasts nearly a week…

    • Rowan09

      Water resistant.

      • Waterproof. The Pebble can be used under the water.

      • deepdvd

        “Waterproof” and “water resistant” don’t mean much without an Water resistance classification (Either in ATM, meters, or an ISO standard). Pebble and Pebble Steel are rated at 5 ATM. Pebble Time hasn’t been rated yet, but it most likely will also be rated 5 ATM because you can swim and shower with it.

  • Steven Honey

    If they aren’t willing to include water damage in the warranty, then i won’t be wearing mine near any water. He will say anything to manipulate more people to buy his product. Of course he wears his in the shower… he has an unlimited supply.

    • John

      I think you’ll find there would be lots of legal issues if he was to say ANYTHING just to sell more.

      Interesting issue though, even Samsung don’t cover water damage for their ‘water resistant’ devices.

      • RarestName

        And the funny thing is that you might get lucky with a non-water resistant device with Samsung if it was ever damaged by water.