Apple Watch Series 7 durability: Water and dust resistance

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a few weeks ago apple showed off the apple watch series 7 in a very pretty video shot in various locations around california in addition to new bike ride tracking and fall detection features they also pointed out that the series 7 is quote the most durable apple watch we’ve ever built no surprise there but let’s listen to some of the specs it has our most crack resistant front crystal thanks to a stronger and more robust geometry it’s also the first apple watch to have ip6x certification so you don’t have to worry about wearing it in dusty environments and of course it’s still swim proof with wr50 water resistance that all sounds very impressive but are we just going to take apple’s word for it no we’re not in this video i’ll be conducting a couple of experiments on the apple watch series 7 to see if those claims stand up what kind of experiments you ask well here are a couple hints let’s take a look at that video again it has our most crack resistant front crystal thanks to a stronger and more robust geometry that one’s a little vague without any actual rating to back it up so i’m going to skip that one plus i’ve dropped a bunch of apple products before so let’s mix it up a little bit it’s also the first apple watch to have ip6x certification ip6x means no ingress of dust complete protection against contact dust tight a vacuum must be applied this one i think i can handle i can make a vacuum in here and of course it’s still swim proof with wr50 water resistance this one’s a little confusing if you read the fine print on the apple website it says all the current apple watches have quote a water resistance rating of 50 meters under iso standard 22810 colon 2010 50 meters that’s pretty deep but then in the next sentence this means that they may be used for shallow water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean however they should not be used for scuba diving water skiing or other activities involving high velocity water or submersion below shallow depth well which one is it let’s find out i’m going to start with water and if the watch survives this then i’ll move on to dust later on this container here is set up to simulate the pressure of 50 meters of water or even more than that actually i borrowed the design from someone named falling titan over on the escapement and watch youtube channel you can go there to see how they built it and the parts you need if you want to make your own for this demonstration i’m going to submerge the apple watch series 7 in some filtered water apply some pressure with this motorized bike pump and then let it sit for 30 minutes when it’s done we’ll take it out and see if it’s still working let’s give it a shot the internet tells me that at 50 meters under water the additional pressure of the water is just under 5 atmospheres or just over 70 psi so i’ll set my pump to 71 psi turn it on and hope this doesn’t explode i don’t want to sit too close to this thing so enjoy this little montage as time passes i found that my chamber isn’t 100 airtight so i had to top off the pressure a couple times to keep it right around 71 psi i couldn’t figure out a way to make the watch’s screen stay on while it’s in the chamber it does have an always-on display but it has to either be on your wrist or on the charger for that to work at least as far as i could tell hope you enjoyed that last 30 minutes it’s about time to take the watch out of the chamber just a few more seconds okay that’s 30.

Get this out of here go ahead and unhook the pump which released a lot of the pressure press this button here everything looks good so far let’s go ahead and unscrew this and take out the watch and look at that screen turned on screen’s on i can switch watch faces touch screen’s working fine i’m a little surprised that when i put the watch in the water the water lock feature didn’t turn itself on if it had it would prevent any touch input happening while it was underwater and you can turn it off by turning the crown button though it sounds like there’s a little bit of water stuck in there siri would you like to go for a swim hmm i don’t have an answer for that is there something else i can help with so even though apple says not to take the series 7 scuba diving it seems to be doing just fine after being in my pressure chamber for 30 minutes at around 70 psi i’m gonna give the watch a pass on this one after that simulated deep sea bath i’m gonna let the watch dry out overnight but tomorrow it’s gonna get dirty [Music] okay it’s tomorrow now i have new clothes on here’s a picture of a wilco concert i went to last night and the watch is all dried out so it’s time to break out this baby remember the apple watch series 7 has an ip6x rating which means it’s supposed to be dust tight once again i look to the internet to find out how people test ip ratings and found videos like this one from mega lab group showing products placed in a chamber applying a vacuum and then subjecting the product to dust so i bought this vacuum chamber which is used primarily for resin molding and this handheld brake bleeder kit from the hardware store besides the dust bunnies under my bed the dustiest thing i have around my house is this baking flour so i’ll be using that for my test medium so let’s give it a shot i’m using this paper bowl to hold the watch in place inside the pot so it doesn’t bounce around [Music] i couldn’t find any instructions for how much dust or flour to use so i’ll just use enough to make sure the watch is covered [Music] now i’ll put the lid on [Music] connect the hand pump and get a good little grip workout while i remove the air from the pump ideally i’d be able to remove enough air to get this gauge up to the one atmosphere mark which would cancel out the pressure of the air in the room but that’s never going to happen with this little thing the best i could do is get up to around halfway so that’ll have to do i also couldn’t really find a length of time i should keep the watch in here so i’ll just go with 30 minutes like we did with the water tank and i’ll give it a good shake every couple minutes to make sure the dust gets distributed around the watch alright cue the montage music [Music] okay stop the music it’s been 30 minutes it’s time to open up the pot this valve right here will release the pressure and hopefully not cover everything with flour okay good now i can lift the top off the pot there’s the watch inside there still turning on lift this out of here try not to get flour everywhere i brushed it off we can see well it was just working i think i accidentally turned it off but it is turning back on now there it is it’s turning on i think the dust is confusing the touchscreen a little bit we know this doesn’t mind getting wet so we’ll rinse it off in our water chamber okay looking around i don’t see any dust the side buttons are all working fine i don’t see anything in the speaker grill from what i can see from here besides my wet fingers everything’s looking good now obviously the only way to truly know if any dust made it inside the wash would be to open it up and take a look but since everything is working properly i hate to wreck a perfectly good watch so i’m not going to do that today but if you really want to see inside the watch let me know and maybe i’ll crack it open another time so what have we learned today if nothing else it looks like it’s perfectly safe to use the apple watch series 7 while you’re in the kitchen baking or doing dishes apple says it’s fine to take to the beach and a little saltwater and sand aren’t going to hurt it though you might get some scratches on the glass i’m guessing and even though apple warns against taking the watch scuba diving it would appear that it can handle those depths just fine though this is a good time to point out that these experiments were in no way meant to be true scientific tests i was just trying to simulate some conditions used for testing watches to see what happens and under these conditions the apple watch series 7 performed very admirably though of course your mileage may vary that’s it for me today be sure and check out the links in the description for cnet’s full review of the apple watch series 7 plus buying information and links to some of the resources i used to put this video together thanks for watching and i’ll see you next time you

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