Battery life on the Apple Watch has improved according to those testing the timepiece

Apple is said to have improved the battery life of the Apple Watch

Apple is said to have improved the battery life of the Apple Watch


This Monday, Apple will be holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The topic of conversation is expected to be the Apple Watch. Hopefully, Apple will fill in some of the missing blanks such as pricing for the mid-range and high-end variants of the timepiece, the actual launch date for the device, how water resistant it is, and the how long the battery lasts between charges.

That last question has troubled many a potential Apple Watch buyer. Apple has said that the timepiece would need to be charged every night. Those who have tested the Watch say that its battery life has been improved. While the original target was for the device to run for 2.5 to 4 hours with heavy app usage, the wearable can now last 5 hours with such use. And while Apple's goal was to get 19 hours of life for light app use, notifications and glances combined, the watch can now run over 24 hours with that kind of use.

The New York Times recently revealed that Apple Watch users can activate a "Power Reserve Mode" on the timepiece, which conserves battery life on the device. The "Power Reserve Mode" can be turned on at all times, even when the battery is 100% charged. It dims the screen, communicates with a paired iPhone only on-demand, and after two-seconds of inactivity the Watch goes to sleep. Apple has also allegedly improved the speed at which the battery on the Apple Watch recharges from 0% to 100%. Using the MagSafe charger, this task now takes four to five hours.

To alert the user that his Apple Watch battery is low, with 20% remaining, the Battery Life glance turns orange. With 10% left, the Battery Life glance turns from orange to red. And speaking of battery life, those who have tested the Apple Watch say that when paired with an iPhone, the Apple Watch will not impact the battery life of the handset in any "meaningful" way.

source: NYTimes, 9to5Mac

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53 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I thought improvement was by "10 seconds".

25. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol apparently 10 seconds is a pipe dream now. They now shut off the screen after 2 seconds of inactivity....so you can't even read a message properly without having to hit the screen again. And without that mode I assume it will have very crappy battery life because they say 24 hours, but what it probably is is more like 12 hours (manufacturer listing/2 rule). Plus you can't trust "those who have tested the watch", a group cherry picked by Apple which may as well include Santa Claus for all we know. Sadly, I think they made fun of other watches for not having the battery life and how they wanted to make it when "the tech was ready". So if it is ready why is it just as bad if not worse than the competition?

32. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

A mac book Air got 12 hours and that was rather conservative, like most of the theings Apple discloses. The rumored "power saving mode" makes a regular watch from Apple watch - raise your wrist the display will show you the time for 2 seconds and then it will swith off aggain. Understand ?

34. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But think about using it, lets say you are reading a message that is 3 or 4 lines long, which should fit in the screen. It will take about 2 seconds to read after which the screen goes off. If you want to reply or didn't finish reading then you have to activate it again. Checking time is all good, but then why did you get a "smartwatch" if that is all you wanted to check?

38. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow, exactly what my 360 does and I imagine the other AW devices do as well. So that's Apple's power saving mode.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon Monday.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

2 days away Jedi... Hey, you're married now right??

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Since 9-21-13.

5. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you end up marrying your left hand? Or the right one?

10. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Please, maherk, let's be civil about this and not resort to such tactics. That is his personal life and has nothing to do with our differences in opinion about things on this website.

29. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, it's so personal that they have to discuss it on public forum.

49. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

We just know each other here, nowhere else...not our fault. You got a problem...don't read, move along.

30. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Does your mom still do your laundry?

35. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Stupidity returned to your head!!!!! Your comments were good last week and I thought you recovered from your stupidity sickness. You need more time it seems.....

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Whoaa...i missed a year with you then...haha. Last when i commented on your line was before you got married. Cheers...hope i'm not too late.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, things are going good. Major adjustment lol. The single life is something else. How've you been?

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Been good... Thanks. I let go a little bit of Phonearena madness. :D

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I slowed down a little too. Still a few cool guys here though.

48. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...and hey, it's tech news so we can't let it go :D

8. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

4-5 hours and 24 hours? Lol. My moto 360 charges in an hour and lasts 40 hours easily.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So!!!

12. seven7dust unregistered

good for you , now lets wait for real reviews of the Apple watch. BTW I like the moto 360 myself ,cool watch. any cool apps you use everyday that make it useful ?

26. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sadly the 24 hour "super saver mode" is Apple's provided estimate. The manufacturer always exaggerate the reality by a magnitude of 2 usually.

37. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I own a LG Watch R and I use apps daily. Every morning when my second alarm goes off, I turn on my watch and the alarm is dismissed. When I'm dressed, I turn off my bedroom lights (that went on automatically when my first alarm went off) using my watch. When I get down, my coffee is ready (which started when the second alarm went off). And when I leave my house, I use the watch to check if all lights are off and the coffee machine is off. During the day I use it to check notifications. When I'm heading home, I'm using my watch again to turn on the coffee and to turn on my desktop pc and desk lights. It will warn me when the computer is on. Things I'm currently working on is when a sensor is triggered when someone is at the front door, I will get a notification and the images of the IP cam above the front door. Also working on using it as a remote for my tv

39. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Now that's what I'm talking about. I was looking at either the wireless garage door or wireless deadbolt and a front door cam for deliveries when we're gone, but you've certainly taken it to another level. Need to expand my project a bit.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a pretty sweet hookup.

42. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

My guess is with Homekit and Siri, Apple surely will make it possible for the Apple watch to control home automation. Which I believe is a cool feature to have in a smart-watch.

45. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm also looking for something that allows me to do remote start and keyless entry for my vehicles as well. Have you heard of any third party apps that allow for that?

47. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

You might take a look at this one, not using it myself but it seems to work with a lot of cars http://www.viper.com/SmartStart/

50. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yeah there are a lot of aftermarket remote start/keyless entry systems that offer that, but I'm looking for an app that will interface with the factory system. So far everything I've found is on a subscription basis, anywhere from $50-$300 a year. Oh well, maybe something will come in the future. Really all it should be is transmitting the same signal that the key fobs do, but it's probably proprietary.

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