Apple’s Powerbeats Pro are now in the hands of reviewers, and we’re starting to learn a few things about them that weren’t already available. We did already know that they featured a “reinforced design” that they were sweat and water resistant, but we didn’t know just how far that could be pushed. Now we do, because the Powerbeats Pro feature an IPX4 water resistance rating.
What that means is that they’re certified for water splashing against them from any direction, but if they’re dunked in water or exposed to water at pressure, all bets are off. Interestingly, Apple hasn’t made that rating public and it isn’t on any of its marketing materials. Instead, iMore noted that the rating was part of the reviewers guide that is being sent out with Powerbeats Pro review units.
Both the Apple and Beats websites don’t mention an official IP rating; however, in Beats has confirmed in a marketing flier sent out to reviewers that the the PowerBeats Pro carry an IPX4 rating.
Now that we know that an official water resistance rating is in place, we can be pretty sure that you’re fine wearing the Powerbeats Pro in most situations. That said, wearing while swimming is obviously not the best of ideas, but if you’re caught out in light rain or just like to get your sweat on in the gym, you’re probably good to go.
Of course, water resistance rating or not, we don’t imagine Apple being too receptive if you try to claim your Powerbeats Pro are faulty if they’ve been wet, no matter how slight their encounter with liquid might be.
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