Report: Apple iWatch to have poor battery life

Report: Apple iWatch to have poor battery life
There is a lot of pressure riding on Apple to introduce something innovative and different with the iWatch. On Thursday, a report in the New York Times revealed that the Apple wearable would have NFC connectivity, allowing it to support a new mobile payment system. This platform is expected to be unveiled by Apple on Tuesday. In addition, the iWatch will include sensors that can be used in conjunction with the Health app on iOS 8.

These sensors keep track of important health metrics such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose readings and more. But there is a trade off for being able to track your health and handle financial matters from your wrist. For all of the additional functionality available with the iWatch, the power to run those features has to come from somewhere. And that is why a report in The Information states that the Apple timepiece will have "disappointing" battery life. The problem is that smartwatch components are really designed for smartphones. This negatively affects battery life and makes it harder for a watch to offer a sleek design.

According to the same source, those who have spoken with Apple employees note that for the most part, those working for the tech titan have low expectations for the device. In a strange way, those lowered expectations keep the pressure on Apple to deliver a wearable that will be just as indispensable to consumers as the smartphone has turned out to be. Keep in mind that Apple has been the master at lowering expectations, especially on Wall Street. Apple does this so that analysts lower their forecasts. This way, when the earnings come out higher than the managed expectations, the stock soars.

source: TheInformation, NYTimes via BGR

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26 Comments

1. Busyboy unregistered

So like the other smart watches?

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

hahahaha

16. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Not surprise their iPhones iteration every year suffer from it. Amazing.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7174; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The real problem is Apple wants to use roughly the same operating system (iOS) on their smart watch. There in turn lies the problem. Apple makes there own CPUs. So they have to make there iPhone CPU now work with even less power and put it in a watch. This is the real problem that Apple wants to hide from the public. Its not the sapphire stuff.

35. Leo_MC

Posts: 7178; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You mean a processor that needs a 1500 battery mAh to work is worse than a processor that needs 3000?!

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

And like all the iPhones too. No surprise.

34. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

In the other news, water is wet LOL.

2. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

its a known fact. it takes years to perfect the battery life on new tech gadgets.

32. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

That doesn't make any sense.

4. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

That's because Steve Jobs wasn't there to say no try again. I really hope Apple can get there stuff together because I don't see a happy ending right now.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30960; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO. Please explain the ending, after you do some research on their position in the tech world. They're about to sell a gazillion iPhones/iPads/iWatches/Macs and iPods On second thought, I don't see a happy ending right now either lol. Sad apple

8. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

If it's like the 360 and can't even go a full day... blahhh. I can't believe people put up with their iPhone's not going half a day. Since the Note 2 and GS5, I will never ever get a phone that doesn't last me 1.5+ days.

9. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Not to defend Apple or anything, but you can't really expect good battery life out of any new tech gadget. To do so is just ridiculous. The smartwatch is still in it's infancy. Just look at how long it took smartphones to have decent battery life Lol All these OEM's will get it figured out eventually. But at the end of the day, we have to remember that it's a watch, and the battery can only be so big.

33. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The Iwatch 3.0 is going to be so cool...

11. Hashed unregistered

IPhones suffer from bad battery life, what would be expected from iwatch then?!

14. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Apple and Battery relationship were never that good anyway. Well, even if they use wireless charging for the watch it'll be hard to help keeping them from hugging the wall, since the phone is a massive wall lover.

17. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

It wouldn't surprise me seeing how young smart watches are, but it is really too early to tell without actually seeing the product.

18. Daytonadave17

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

Cant wait for a windows watch! I'll buy it

21. bransablan

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

I dont understand how they say theres reports of bad battery life when we havent even got an official word of the product even existing... I think we all can agree we just read these articles to keep us entertained till an actual official announcement other than that it is just something to read while on the toilet lol... And if there is a watch lets hope it has a golf app available for gps and stuff like garmins s6... Thats all i want it for

22. clevercarlos

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I wasn't expecting it...I'm more interested on how it looks

23. clevercarlos

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

and its features*

24. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Doesn't matter, just take my money!! :)

26. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

"The problem is that smartwatch components are really designed for smartphones. This negatively affects battery life and makes it harder for a watch to offer a sleek design." If there's anyone who would opt for custom components over general purpose ones, it's Apple. You really think Apple would put a full power SoC in a watch (like Android OEMs putting S400 in watches)? I don't believe this report.

29. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

@Alan F. FTW! How do you know that the iWatch have poor battery life? It's not yet introduce to the public and I don't see any sense in your article and just a waste of time. You just talking but no evidence.

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

If Apple is warning people it must be bad. Usually they cover it up and do not take blame for it like their icloud security issues. ..lol

31. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

If it has all of those awesome sensors and they are accurate, then I have no problem with a 10-12 hour battery life. I would gladly charge it every night if it were as awesome at it sounds like it could be.

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