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