One of the biggest unknowns about the Apple Watch is whether it can be worn in the shower. On Wednesday, Tim Cook seemed to suggest that it can. According to iGen.fr., the Apple CEO told an audience in Berlin, Germany that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”
During the Apple Watch event last fall, Cupertino didn’t specifically mention whether the device could be worn in the shower. Soon after, however, they told David Pogue that the device is water resistant.
As the Yahoo columnist explained at the time, “sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it are fine. Take it off before you swim or get in the shower, though.”
I am currently wearing a Fitbit Surge, which is also water resistant. According to the Fitbit website, the Surge should be taken off “before showering because, as with any wearable device, it’s best for your skin if the band stays dry and clean.”
Despite this warning, I have actually worn my Surge in the shower with no problems. I just make sure to dry the device afterwards.
I would expect that despite what Cook might have said, Apple’s official statement will be that wearing an Apple Watch in the shower isn’t recommended. Whether you can actually do so without any problems may be a different story. When in doubt, don’t do it.
The Apple Watch is expected to arrive in stores in April.
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