Apple has finally unveiled the pricing of its highly anticipated wearable, the Apple Watch. For the most expensive unit, you will need to shell out 22,000 Canadian dollars, and that’s for a timepiece that needs to be charged every single day, not to mention the threat of it going obsolete within two years.
Battery life and its processing power are the Achilles heels of the Apple Watch. Fortunately, there is a fix – at least when it comes to the battery: An Apple spokesman has confirmed to TechCrunch that the “battery is replaceable”, although the costs and the process were not revealed. Well, the device isn’t on the market yet, so this is a yet-to-be-announced Apple program . . . possibly.
Based on tests performed in March, the Apple Watch will be good for all-day mixed usage. However, as TechCrunch points out, this boils down to just “90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours”.
That’s not much, especially when you’d like to benefit from the Watch’s health and fitness features. For example, if you are using the Watch for a workout with the heart rate turned on, usage drops to seven hours, and music playback is also power hungry, reducing its battery life to 6.5 hours.
Oh, and you can forget about taking calls: That will reduce the Watch’s usage to three hours maximum. Now it is up to you, future Apple Watch owner, do you want an expensive, nice timepiece with a two-day battery life, or would you like to use all the features, which will have a significant impact.