Apple targets 19 hour battery life for Apple Watch?

Apple targets 19 hour battery life for Apple Watch?
A report published on Thursday reveals that the Apple Watch is loaded up with a light version of iOS codenamed SkiHill. The S1 processor on the wearable is equivalent to the Apple A5 chip employed in the current version of the Apple iPod touch, and the screen updates at a rate of 60 fps. When the Apple Watch was introduced last September, there was talk about how unhappy Apple was with the battery life of the device. At the time, an Apple spokeswoman said that the battery in the timepiece would last about a day and would require nightly charging.

The same report reveals that Apple initially targeted a full day of battery life for the Apple Watch. Last year, the company hoped to achieve 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use, and a combined 19 hours of combined active/passive use. Apple hoped the watch would have a standby time of  3 days, 4 days if in sleep mode.

Those in the know say that Apple now has been testing the device in hopes of getting 2.5 hours of "processor-intensive" application use out of the battery on the watch. It is aiming for 3.5 hours of regular app use, and believes it can get 4 consecutive hours of fitness monitoring out of a single charge. For those interested in just the time, the watch face will run with all animations, including a ticking second hand, for 3 hours. But the Apple Watch display does power off when not in use. In that mode, the clock consumes a much lower amount of power.

The delay in the launch of the timepiece is partly due to the battery life. Apple has been testing the battery life of the Apple Watch in the real world as over 3000 test units are believed to be in operation, mostly the stainless steel model. Apple has also been working on speeding up the charging time of the MagSafe-based inductive charging mechanism. The charger is apparently going to arrive in two versions. A plastic model will be for the aluminum and plastic variants of the Apple Watch, while a stainless steel version will probably come out of the box of the high-end Apple Watch models.

source: 9to5Mac via BGR

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63 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 737; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Battery life like that just proves you shouldn't get a smart watch. Or at least not now

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just don't buy one period. like you said wait till battery life improve over the years.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its not gonna get any better. This isn't the 80's with LCD digital watches that last years on a tiny battery. This is a full watch with a smartphone CPU, a larger color display and sensors that need power to work. I don't expect these things will even last long enough to worry about better batteries. Its a fad that will fade in less than 5 years.

52. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This must mean that Apples S1 processor must really suck back on the battery juice. Clearly it was okay in an iPod touch that has a bigger battery, but they need to make a better watch processor that sips less power, since smart watches have tiny batteries.

53. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

or simply innovate in the battery industry we're still using lithium batteries 20 years into the future

17. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

just get the hybrids. i bought a nevo watch solar so i never have to charge my smart watch again. it's a swiss watch with the dials as timers and some minor smart features.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it doesn't It proves you should get THI Swatc. My Gear S has a phone, BT, WIFI,3G,UV,Heart,GPS and more and itlast 2.5 days on a single charged based on my usage and standby is 5 days. There I no hard usages. Keeping the clock on shouldn't burn a battery in 3 hours. I haven't left my Gear face on all day but I will tomorrow to see how long it last. Am not worried because I know it will last more than 3 hours. LOL. I get 2 full 24hours days with moderate usage. Apple is crazy and so are the iFan twits who buy this lame junk. The fact this watch depends on the phone for what it does, means it should last lonegr. The Gear Si s 100% standlone and doesn't require a phone at all to use at all. Samsung FTW

24. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I am not interested in these rubbish watches , for similar prices i would get a rado or Tag Heuer Carrera , only stupid people that think that they are more techie than anyone else would buy a smart watch

33. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You just insulted all your new PA Apple bros. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-video-focuses-on-opening-of-new-Apple-Store-in-China_id65132 Posts five an six lol, Pot meet kettle.

42. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I have my opinion and just because I like apple doesn't mean I am sucking up to them and just accept everything that they make .

59. g2a5b0e unregistered

Great find! Gotta love the hypocrites! +1

36. Feanor

Posts: 1415; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I don't think you can buy a Tag Heuer with the €230 I paid for my G Watch R and I can still do a couple of things more, like e.g. not miss any calls, when I cannot hear my phone ringing. Let alone control music when I'm on the tube with my phone in my pocket, or get navigation instructions on my wrist when I walk or drive. Also changing watchfaces according to mood is pretty cool and attracts a lot of attention.

43. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Sure it works for you and I understand that , but do not think smartwatches are useful for me in my daily life .I do not need it to control music as headphones comes with controls already , usually I have my phone nearby to me so I could hear it ring and also I prefer just using the car's infotainment system to control music or listening to turn by turn . I would prefer using the car's infotainment system but they are not as uP to date as Here maps , Google maps or Waze . And yes I hate apple maps

44. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

You get my point , I would rather have a traditional watch that battery last for 2 years than something that I charge everyday . Changing watch faces is cool but its too digital for me . I guess we all have our own preference then . But why not Moto 360 over G Watch R ? 360 looks more sexy

46. willard12 unregistered

You may be looking at it from the lense of it being an "either/or" proposition. If you own a smart watch you aren't forced to trade-in your traditional watch. Or, you could look at the Martian line of smart watches that combines the two.

48. Feanor

Posts: 1415; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Moto 360 is not available where I live and it was far more expensive to import from Amazon. Also I think that the design might be a bit nicer but I didn't like the inferior specs, like battery life and old processor. I like anyway more masculine watches, the 360 is a bit more unisex. I understand your point but I think statistically most people will not listen to their phone or feel the vibration when outside. Only for this it's nice to have a smrt smartwatch. I don't say that it's something you cannot live without, but it's a nice toy and a small additional convenience.

50. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

If I look at it as a toy more than a necessity like smartphones , yes it sort of makes sense . Just like tablets

49. Feanor

Posts: 1415; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Also, you don't really "charge" your smartwatch. You just "leave" it next to your bed on its charging plate. It may sound funny, but it makes all the difference. You don't feel that you have to bother with charging, you just leave your watch next to your bed, where it happens also to charge.

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Are you going to have to press a button whenever you want to check the time or is there some kind of gesture?

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The Moto 360 has a gesture where you raise your arm and twist your wrist towards you, like you would when checking the time. I'd imagine this has something similar.

60. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its not just the Moto 360, its all Android Wear watches act the same for the hand gestures.

32. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

"The watch senses that you're raising your wrist and activates the display" - Apple

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How about Apple just hurry up and take my damn monies.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, I can't wait to get it home, and just play around with it. That keynote revealed some sweet features, and I have use for em. My baby is getting one also, so we can stay in contact incognito while at work. AppleWatch is gonna be fun bro. As always let em hate, while we enjoy our purchase.

25. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I don't like smart watches , i think they are a waste of money but i think the apple watch has a UI and ecosystem advantage over those android ones

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think they're gonna be a major advantage, once they really get going, and people intergrate them fully.

40. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

A major advantage for 3hrs lol

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same here bro. I'm Sold on it now. I Feel the storm coming with the iWatch.

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Calling you name just won't cut it. But let me ask, why would we hate? Ypou are suppose to enjoy your purchase. But let me show you something. Gear S vs Apple Watch Price - 349+ vs 299+ Wifi? Yes - Probably Not 3G ? Yes - NO! BT? Yes - Yes Can be setup without a phone? Yes - No Can transfer data back and forth with a phone? Yes - No Display - Battery sipping AMOLED vs Battery sucking LCD IP67 Certified? Yes - No Replaceable Bands - Yes - Yes Stylish bands - Yes - Yes Battery Life - 2.5 days vs 1 Can receive calls w/o phone? Yes - No Can be paired with other devices? Yes - Yes Customizable UI - Yes - Yes(Limited) UV Sensor? Yes - No Heart Sensor? Yes - Yes Has a keyboard? Yes - ? Virtual Assistant? Yes(onboard the device) - Yes(via the phone/Pad) Custom Watch faces? Yes(can make your own) - Yes(Can you make your own? Music Playback? Yes(can transfer files using PC/Mac) - Yes(media files are on phone) Ultra Power Save Mode? Yes - No CPU - Dualcore vs SingleCore GPS? Yes - ? Ambient Light Sensor? Yes - ? Web Browsing? Yes - No SMS? Yes(with/without phone) - Yes(not without phone) Watch? Yes(last more than 24hours with watch face on) - Last up to 4 hours with face on) Now, you can do with your money what makes you happy. But what I am showing you is I have no reason to hate. After all since I actually made the best buy, what reason so I need to hate. One of us bought a tool, while the other is about to buy a toy. Like the iPhone, its all hype, all cost, limited capability. SO when they add 3G to the next model, re you gonna sell the old just to buy the new? Both are good products. But whether you like or hate another product, one will always be better than the other whether you agree or not. The Gear S is better than the iWatch even if I didn't even like Samsung. Just like the Note 4 is better than the 6 Plus, just like the S5 is better than the iPhone 6. It doesn't have to win in every category. But if I win in more of them, then that means my device is better. I don't understand though is, you all claim to be so smart yet be willing to throw your money at a company who just takes it and gives you nothing.

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