Apple Watch expected to have a powerful processor and crisp display at the cost of battery
posted by Paul.K / Jan 27, 2015, 6:51 AM
A report from 9to5Mac cites unnamed sources, saying that Apple wanted to use a relatively powerful CPU in the Watch – dubbed the Apple S1, the CPU is said to be nearly as powerful as the A5 in iPhone 4s / iPod Touch 5th gen. The screen on the Watch will also be a gem – with “Retina-class” resolution and smooth, 60 FPS animations. As you've probably guessed – this is expected to take a real toll on the battery.
Speculators have long said that Apple is probably delaying the Watch due to battery development issues and this report repeats that notion, claiming that Cupertinians have spent the last year trying to get the timepiece to last for 4 hours of heavy usage and the whooping 19 hours of mixed usage. Their current targets have dropped to 2.5 hours of active / heavy usage, 3.5 hours of “sandard” app use, or around of 3 hours of just having the watchface on. Apple is also trying to get the Watch to work for around 4 hours when in fitness tracking mode.
We are still unsure when we should expect the Watch to hit markets, but the most reliable reports claim it will be this March. Will you be getting one?
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Nope, won't be getting one, I'll pass
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 6:54 AM 23
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Am I the only one that thinks this watch is hideous?
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 6:56 AM 20
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Not really. Matter of fact, only Fakejeddi and Mxyzbtlk with some of their fellow iMorons LOVE the Apple watch, not just that, it is so perfect that they are ready to throw their "monies" once it is released.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 7:10 AM 13
And this makes a difference in what way? I still think it's the most beautiful smartwatch out there, but the cpu and flat tire ruined it for me. Otherwise I would have bought it. But I was referring to people wanting gadgets without even knowing what the specs/feats are, which is a trademark not exclusive to iFans. Also when you say first of all.. usually there is at least a second ;)
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 3:22 PM 1
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Sorry about that. Well you can either live or don't live with that flat tire. That's really one of those things in the eyes of the beholder. The other thing you mention is the CPU. Trust me with each update the Moto 360 gets better and better. The only time I see a tiny bit of lag is when you first turn it on and start using it, but shortly after there is no lag from there on.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 3:34 PM 1
The flat tire is the biggest issue I have with it. So many nice round watch faces out there and the black bar ruins it for me. The older cpu I can live with :) And if I had to buy a smartwatch today, it would be the Moto360 with metal strap. But I'm not sure if I want one anyway, a smartwatch that is. I never wear a watch, so that would be getting used to. Also Android wear isn't ready for me yet. Because Google Now doesn't work fully yet in my own language and that would be my biggest use, I think.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 3:48 PM 0
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Very few. Most of us were smart enough to have a "let's wait until the device is actually, y'know, revealed and released and see what features it has. Then we can make an informed decision as to whether or not this is a product that will be of use to me" attitude, and made an informed decision as to purchase the device or not. Whereas ios users salivate and go "hurr DURR take muh monies! I know nothing about this thing other than it is made by apple, TAKE MUH MONEY!!!!!"
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 4:27 PM 0
I tend to disagree. On many Android websites (or general mobile techsites) there have been people saying they gonna buy this, based on a few pictures and some marketing slogans. And why not, if you have the money and like this kinda stuff, go for it. Might not be your kinda thing (or mine) but it doesn't make the others idiots. Also for Android users it's a bit easier to say let's wait and see if there is anything better out there, since more brands make Android smartphones/watches. With Apple there is only one choice (not counting more generic smartwatches like the Pebble).
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 5:00 PM 0
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Nope. I usually like Apple designs, but I really think that they missed the mark with this one.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 7:13 AM 5
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If you have to use the a dial to perform actions and commands on a smart watch. Then they missed the mark on that front. People want to use the watch with ease, so voice or touch display is the best.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 10:30 AM 3
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And at the cost of girly design...
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 7:03 AM 4
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Well, I think women are more likely to buy such gadgets so it might be smart move by Apple.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 7:12 AM 0
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Yep, if you capture the female market you win. You can price things based on 'value-adding' and avoid commoditizing the products. This is why Apple is so successful, they don't sell tech like how other tech companies do.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 8:36 AM 0
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Hurry up with my sport. Mr. Cook what's the hold up?
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 7:19 AM 3
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Apparently they can't even reach a astoundingly impressive battery life of 2.5 hours!
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 8:46 AM 9
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I don't think he is trying to accomplish anything, he simply stated an absolute fact. I guess its all in how you look at it. He wasn't trying to change your mind. You asked a question. The question was, Mr Cook what is the holdup. His answer was simple, apparently they can't even get 2.5hrs of battery-life. HAH. They held the product for a full year and it didn't even get any better. Even though I don't personally like Steve Jobs, I did like the fact he wanted a product to be as close to perfect before he released it. Would Steve Jobs have let such a product me released, or would he have waited until the technology improved enough to make it a better option. From what we have seen of some Apple products like the iPad for example is, nothing on the iPad was new. But today's advancements in manufacturing and capabilities made it a much better option today, then back in 2000 when Bill Gates conceived and showed the idea in concept. The smartwatch isn't a bad idea, its just not the right time. Its not because battery technology hasn't progressed to a point we can take the sophisticated features of a phone and make them small enough and power efficient enough to use such a small battery at a reasonable rundown rate. This is likely why Samsung chose to make the Gear so big. Bigger space means bigger battery. Bigger battery means more usage time even for the simplest of features. The problem with you is, you're so paranoid that you take anything said to as some type of attack. Why don't you go an attack Apple for making such a crappy product that you can't wait to take your @$$ out an buy and if you don't have any choice.
posted on Jan 27, 2015, 11:57 AM 0
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