Apple Watch battery reportedly lasts "about a day", things may improve before launch

Yesterday, when Apple officially announced its Watch (not iWatch, as widely expected), the company talked about it a lot, and yet it failed to provide details on one important thing: battery life. We assumed that this was omitted because Apple still has a lot of software optimization to do, and it’s probably not pleased with what the Watch’s battery can currently offer. Well, it looks like we weren’t far from the truth.

According to Re/code, Apple is, indeed, "not happy" with the battery life on its Watch. Reportedly, an unnamed source said that battery life is "about a day right now," and Apple is hard at work to improve that.

Re/code talked to an Apple spokeswoman, who declared:

"About a day" is also the battery life of all the current smartwatches on the market, and it will be interesting to see if Apple manages to significantly improve the battery of its wearable device.

While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (announced at the same time with the Apple Watch) will be available from September 19, the wearable device won’t be released this year. Customers looking forward to buying it will have to wait until early 2015. Apple will offer the Watch - which, according to some, is very masculine - for prices starting at $349.

source: Re/code



1. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Without GPS? Battery lasts about a day? Pathetic.

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

everyone i have shown the video of it does not like the ui and its big thick. hahahaha kid for a sec anyways all i can see is people driving and trying to roll the crown to zoom in on apps then move to find app then touch to activate it. to much work, when i drive i get a buzz and i look and say ok google send text to the person and say the message and its done no touching or taking eyes off the road, i dont think apple thought this out. i mean look the thing is a smaller iphone 3g thats all no design here they got lazy and pushed something out to say we have one to save face and investor money. ha that did not work the iwatch dropped the nas hahaha.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7579; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I saw so many Apple fans say Android Wear is terrible because you have to charge it everyday. When Apple makes a smart watch its going to do it right. Well here we are with Apple smart watch and reports that it only will last a day as well. Look, if you plan on putting a computer CPU, GPU, Bluetooth or other communications, ram, storage, a touch IPS or AMOLED display. Then there is no way on this planet you will ever get a week out of smart watch. Pebble is doing it because its using a STM32F2 cortex-M3 (120mhz) processor with 128kb of ram which is designed to sip power, along with a tiny amount of storage. Not to mention an e-ink display. All Android Wear smart watches have a minimum of 512mb of ram and run with KitKat 4.4W. We still don't know how much ram, and storage the Apple Watch will have. For that matter what CPU and GPU will be in the Apple Watch.

16. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Hahaha about a day for $350 . Now that is something new. This is apple at it's finest.

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Me buying a wach lasting one day ? 350$ ?

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

350 for the girl size 400 for first man size.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7579; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No starting at $350 for the Apple Watch Sport. Which is aluminum case with a plastic band. If you want stainless steel or a better band, then its going to cost more.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Not to mention the $350 Sport model doesn't even include sapphire, just some variation of Gorilla Glass.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The worst thing is that with 6 billion in the bank, only the highest model gets a wireless charging cradle while moto has a cradle for all versions. How greedy can Apple get. They nickel and dime every aspect down to R&D costs, advertising, everything and their stupid fans let them get away with it.

29. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

6 Billion? Try well past 100 Billion. Apple has its own investment fund based out of Las Vegas making huge use of offshore accounts and accounting.

3. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

If apple says "about a day" then it means less than 12 hrs LOL IT'S A MAJOR FAIL LOL

25. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Just like Gear S, Moto 360, LG smartwatch that last in a day. Apple can still improved the battery life because they gonna release next year. And look what other smartwatch doing now and they affraid about the iWatch and goes down the price for there smartwatch.

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Non final software + Non final hardware = Unknown battery life. It's not coming out until next year for heavens sake. Every other post will just be sh*t talkers.

5. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

It must still hurt a lot from yesterday LOL

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

But they don't care, it's still an iPhone for them. It means the world to them.

26. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Yeah so your precious moto360 lasts about what?? Cr*pDroids!!

9. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Apple made The watch that can last longer than its iphone

10. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

11. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013


13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014


12. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Things have to improve before launch????? This is called "first gen products" lol

14. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Well we certainly don't want a tank on our wrists but we would obviously like it to last 2-3 days at least. New technology when?

15. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

''About'' a day? NOT GOOD

17. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Apple said themselves that it WONT be launching with one day of battery, hence them not releasing it with the new iPhones, which is the reason it won't be released until 2015. Idk why people don't understand this lol.

20. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

most smartphone dont last a day with heavy use on a 3000mah bat. and how is waerable last a day paired with a smartphone..wearables are just in their first phase only future will tell..

21. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Let down

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"About a day". Lol. F**king Apple can't answer a simple question without being evasive.

24. willard12 unregistered

No Florin T, "about a day" is not the battery life for all current smartwatches. The highest selling smartwatches to date, Pebble and the Gear 2 line up get 3 to 7 times that. The real question is when will Michael H tell us that Apple threw a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks....or "the kitchen sink approach" as he calls it when other brands have "too many features."

28. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

And what did I say? It was fairly obvious during the conference.

30. phreezerburn

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

A smartwatch that requires a car charger in case you use the thing. Now that's innovation.

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