Apple Watch is water resistant, not waterproof

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Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web
Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

One of the smaller details Apple failed to mention during today’s keynote was its new watch’s tolerance of liquids. While the Apple Watch is designed to stay on your wrist all day, it’s not suited for all situations.

It turns out that the Apple Watch will be just fine with a little water, but don’t plan on wearing it while swimming.

Tech journalist David Pogue learned a couple of things about Apple’s new wearable in a private briefing during today’s media event. Apple told him that its watch is “water resistant,” not waterproof. “Sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it is fine. Take it off before the swim or get in the shower, though.”

That’s a major bummer for those hoping to use the watch’s fitness tracking abilities in the water. It also means you’ll have to take it off every time you hop in the shower.

Pogue also learned that you’ll be able to load apps directly onto your watch from your iPhone. Apps can be rearranged on the home screen by dragging and dropping, just like iOS does now. And there’s a “Ping My Phone” button on the watch that beeps your nearby iPhone in case you can’t find it.

The ritzy gold version of Apple’s watch comes in a “gorgeous jewelry box” that doubles as a charger, according to Pogue. “The back of the box has a Lightning connector, and the inside of the box has the watch’s magnetic round charger pad, standing vertically. So as you retire each night, you can just lay your gold watch into its case and let it charge.”

There’s still a lot we don’t know about the iWatch yet, like pricing beyond the base $349 model. Pogue says Apple hasn’t decided on exact pricing yet or whether you’ll be able to mix and match bands.

Source: Yahoo Tech