Apple Watch expected to have a powerful processor and crisp display at the cost of battery

Apple Watch expected to have a powerful processor and crisp display at the cost of battery
Ever since the Apple Watch was announced in September 2014, the subject of its battery has been a topic for plenty of speculation and discussions. After all, contemporary smartwatches are quite handicapped in this regard, as the small cases they need to fit barely leave enough room for an adequate juicebox. Still, manufacturers have managed to squeeze out enough out of them in order to achieve at least a day's worth of normal usage. Since Cupertinians left out the bit of info about battery life while they were doing the Watch's presentation, many believe that this is a sign that either Apple engineers are still working to better it, or that it will just plain be abysmal.

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?


source: 9to5Mac

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117 Comments

1. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

Nope, won't be getting one, I'll pass

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yes people will still buy it coz it's Apple eventhough they had 5 hours of battery life. Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Same here. And with only 3 hrs? That's very sad and every iblog site will say this is the most beautiful smart watch.

2. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Am I the only one that thinks this watch is hideous?

5. maherk

Posts: 6704; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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.

11. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

the umoron who came to comment with nothing on topic.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And how many Android users threw their money at the screen when Moto360 first was shown in teasers?

39. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all the Moto 360 looks like a regular round watch. Only its a smart watch.

96. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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 ;)

99. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

100. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

102. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

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!!!!!"

107. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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).

30. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Lmfao Pathetic 2 iMorons. +1

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Nope. I usually like Apple designs, but I really think that they missed the mark with this one.

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The best part is they copied Samsung patented Samsung watch with the dial from 2013 and it's not as good, ha

41. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Probably! Its not ugly, but not pretty either. If this was the 80's and Apple made this, it would be the best looking option.

81. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Nope. Even the iDiots think it is ghastly, but will still line up early, slack jawed, drooling, and clutching their wallets to buy one....just because. iOS users, man, SMDH...

108. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

No, don't worry.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

And at the cost of girly design...

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, I think women are more likely to buy such gadgets so it might be smart move by Apple.

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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.

4. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

"whooping"? Like Zoidberg?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hurry up with my sport. Mr. Cook what's the hold up?

21. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Apparently they can't even reach a astoundingly impressive battery life of 2.5 hours!

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well, I'll see for myself when I get one. If I don't like it, 14 day buyers remorse period. Your post accomplished nada.

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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.

58. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet the DarkJedii is still going to run out an buy it like a preprogrammed robot.

78. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not like a robot, like a grown man who wants to see for himself. If I don't like it, I have 14 days to return it. You act like my purchase bothers you or something. Are you jealous?

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