Watch today can check your heart. Yes, there is a built-in ECG (electrocardiogram) and it has saved lives. So has the Fall Detection feature. Watch can be your cell phone while iPhone stays at home or in your pocket. What about water?
Nathan and I have been Appleholics for about 25 years. Each. There are few gadgets launched this century with an Apple logo that we don’t own or have tried (the new Mac Pro might be an exception to that trend). I respect Apple’s designs and the capabilities of each product.
Yet, I’m also aware that such devices can be considered casual technology. I see people with iPhones that have no case, iPads without a case being handled by children, and people swimming with Apple Watch.
Sorry. I have limits. My Mac notebooks all have two cases. A thin plastic case that covers the Mac, and a cushioned neoprene to hold the Mac, and a cushioned backpack to carry it.
It’s a freakin’ supercomputer. Treat it with respect.
The same holds true for iPhone. I see people with cracked glass on the front and no case. Cases are cheap and they work. I see people with large iPhones tucked into a very tight butt pocket.
Watch has a similar issue. Nathan and I each have about a dozen Watch bands; some nice Milanese knock-offs from Amazon, some colorful nylon knock-offs from Amazon, and a couple of others used to make a fashion statement.
Yeah, Watch is that good and that worthy.
What neither of us do is leave our iPhones in a puddle of water, or in the sink, or take them with us when we shower. Why not? Why? We need a break from the iPhone and the shower or bath should be sacred.
I know, I know. iPhone is
waterproof water resistant. Watch is waterproof water resistant.
Trust me. Nothing is waterproof. What is water resistant means something can go wrong. Apple:
Apple Watch Series 4 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 4 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
That says I can get Watch wet. That also tells me Watch has limits. My limit is washing dishes, walking in the rain, watering the lawn, and not worrying much if it gets wet by accident. What I won’t do is take a supercomputer– Watch is a supercomputer, too– and dunk it in the pool with me attached.
Why not? It’s waterproof, right?
Uh huh. See above. Nothing is waterproof. With that axiom in mind I treat Watch the way I treat iPhone, iPad, and Mac.