Apple Watch Battery Life is “About a Day”, Company Expects Nightly Charging

Yesterday’s Apple Watch announcement made a big splash, but Apple was mum on details such as specifications and battery life.

According to well-connected John Paczkowski from Re/codesources tell them the watch’s battery life is roughly at a day right now, and the company is tweaking the device still to improve it ahead of the ‘early 2015’ launch:

Sources tell me that Apple isn’t yet happy with the watch’s battery life, which isn’t going to break any industry standards. “It’s about a day right now,” said one, adding that Apple is working on various modifications ahead of the device’s 2015 launch to improve it.

Apple responded to the story and did not provide an estimate on battery life, but did mention it expects Apple Watch users to charge the device nightly, which is why they created the easy MagSafe-like charging setup. According to spokeswoman Nat Kerris:

“There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said. “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging.”

Last week, it was rumoured that Apple employees had set low expectations on the device’s battery life.

Everyone always wants better battery life. How much can we really squeeze out of tiny smart watches with Retina displays with small batteries?

Unless you have a Pebble which has an e-ink display and limited functionality, I don’t expect an Apple Watch to last more than a day given how much we will be using the device. It would have been neat if the watch had some sort of kinetic regeneration built in, similar to what we’ve seen with Seiko watches–but that takes up way too much space.

 

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  • Ken

    The design is extremely disappointing. It looks very out of date and un-modern at all. The software is very slick and the pressure sensitive screen is a big advancement. I suspect that this pressure sensitive feature will be added to future iPhone. This feature can be consider the equivalent of a back and setting soft button in Android.

  • OliChabot

    What were you expecting of the design ? It looks exactly like a watch, with a crown and a power button. And versus all the other watches out there, there is multiple goergous straps you can purchase that are all nice and different. So I think they’ve done a pretty good job of design imo.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    this is disappointing

  • tim

    If inductive charging had greater range… Say from a keyboard to the wrist, 5 inches or so..then the watch could charge intermittently while users type, though it may heat up.

  • WatDah

    What were you expecting with a device so small and designed to be used constantly throughout the day? Honestly, the fact that the battery could last a day powering all the sensors and what not is already quite impressive.

  • tim

    Actually, I predict a third party watch strap that places an inductive element on the bottom a third party strap that then has an overlay on the watch’s recepticle. It then comes with an arm rest that you place ahead of your keyboard to attain a charge…that is if apple doesn’t intentionally inhibit this kind of thing.

  • WatDah

    I’m not really interested in smartwatches (yet), but I think the design is great! While everyone else went full touch screen, Apple kept the one feature that any watch has – the crown – and made real use of it. Brilliant innovation right there.

  • iFone

    I will ask you to go to the top of this article, look at the image, and reconsider what you’ve said. Done? Do you still think it looks un-modern? Could you please illustrate to all of us what a modern watch should look like?

  • leafstom

    How long does a battery last on a regular watch? Was it months or years?

  • Crosseyedmofo

    agreed