Apple Watch battery life may be "a hardware-side compromise"

Apple Watch battery life may be
Apple was very careful to not mention the battery life of the Apple Watch during the announcement event last week, but that hasn't stopped the speculation from forming anyway. The general idea circling right now is that the Apple Watch will need charging every night, which puts it in the same category as current Android Wear devices.

Even before we find out the truth about the device's battery life, the blame game has begun. A new report from The New York Times cites an unnamed former Apple designer who is saying that the problems with battery life stem from "a hardware-side compromise". The former designer still has ties to the company and says that Jony Ive's design team may have beaten out the concerns from the hardware team when it came to deciding on a larger watch body or a smaller battery. This is a change from what has happened in the past with Apple. Previously, the hardware team had tended to win when it came to an issue like this. For example, the design team wanted to offer wireless headphones with an old iPod, but that idea was scrapped because it would reduce battery life. 

Of course, the reasoning won't really matter to consumers, just the actual battery usage potential. Apple still has time to optimize the software more, but Apple has also said that the Watch can do much more than what has already been announced, meaning more features that will be taxing that battery. 

source: NYT

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50 Comments

1. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Watch iTrolls defend Apple LOL

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

iWatch iTrolls

9. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Personally... I much prefer to iGnore iGnorant iTrolls as much as possible, but much like flies... You just have to swat those little pest away from time to time. Anyway... Looks like all those inane boasts from the RDF about Apple's 'wearable' being the be-all/end-all of modern technology is suddenly met with the realities of Apple's TRUE engineering abilities, much like the completely lackluster/bloated design of the Apple Watch. Oh Well... My Qualcomm TOQ consistently delivers 4 to 6 days between charges... With the Display Always On.

15. stealthd unregistered

A troll talking about trolling, how meta.

18. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Another iTroll expressing his anger LMAOOOOO

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's crazy stealthd, is he actually thinks he isn't a troll/trouble maker. He really doesn't see it. When he gets called out, the person calling him out about trolling is the troll. Go figure.

29. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

darkkjedii said it so I guess it doesn't mean anything around here.

36. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Incidentally, did you even read the article? or is it like If keyword Apple then brain freeze have to troll, need to troll...zombie meet shotgun :)

40. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

You don't know how to read? You want me to tell you what it says? Or maybe If you see the word Apple then your brain freezes have to iDefend, need to iDefend... iTroll meet iWatch :)

45. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

lame..i take what i said back about you being a troll. Trolls display intelligence and creativity

48. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Still mad? Go see your proctologist again LOL

50. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

For once I'll have to agree with you; that's a ridiculous way to start a discussion...

2. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

One of the dumbest articles ever. it's ALWAYS a compromise between hardware (size) and battery life. Thanks for reminding us though PA,

6. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Come down.... Why are you so mad?

39. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except, it wasn't so long ago that Apple users claimed that Apple didn't compromise, that they wouldn't release a product before it was ready and perfect, that they didn't put out beta software, etc... All of those theories have been shot to hell the last two years.

3. CLmaster

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

the compromise didn't pay off... it still looks terrible no matter its size

4. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Starts at $349 Needs a special charger which Apple's gonna charge a lot for it Likely less than 12 hours of battery life iNFC/iPay 1" screen PURE FUGLY LMAOOOOO

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Why should anybody care about what amounts to nothing more than vaporware at this point?

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2149; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple should come up with Solar as many companies will follow suit. This will eliminate the need for a large battery.

42. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree, specially now that transparent solar panels are being invented/developed. I would love to have a smartwatch with solar &/or kinetic charging.

10. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

So it's ridiculously overpriced AND the battery life is going to suck?! Way to go Apple. Every time I think you're done showing your fans how all you want is their money and don't care about them, you go and show them again. But the iFans will defend this to the death as usual. Mxy? Darkk? Anyone? Bueller?

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The way that charger connects is awesome. I can't wait to get my aluminum one, with a white band, game over. Hey BobbyDigital! Don't start a sentence with "But".

13. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

See Post 1

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ignored.

16. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Don't care

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Seriously... a magnet with induction charger is awesome? I'm not a troller and I do think the watch has some nifty engineering. But the charger???

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Rebel, I just like the way it connects. It's a cool idea. Most that say they hate it, don't. They say it, cuz it's Apple. If Samsung was doing it, they'd praise it. You know they would.

30. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Samsung must have sent dark to go see his proctologist numerous times LMAOOOOO

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Grow up, it's not even funny

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't hate it, why would I hate a good solution to a charger, wouldn't call it amazing though ;) I know it's a battle between Samsung and Apple, sometimes it's difficult to be neutral in this. Say something good about Apple and the Samsung camp is all over you. Say something bad about Apple and the Apple camp is all over you (and the Samsung camp thinks you support them) It's all about brands these days, we love & hate all these companies, yet they couldn't care less about us (as long as we consume their products). Ps I do think the magsafe charger in macbooks was a wonderfull idea. I broken one or two charger plugs from laptops in my life.

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