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More Information About the Apple Watch’s Battery Life, Expect Nightly Charging

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Apple took the stage last week where it announced several new products including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch

After the media event last week, many people felt that Apple didn’t address the most important feature of the Apple Watch which is battery life. Brian Chen, a writer for The New York Times, asked Apple CEO Tim Cook why he didn’t address this issue during the keynote. Here is Cook’s response:

“I don’t think we skipped over it. I addressed it in the presentation myself. We think that based on our experience of wearing these that the usage of them will be really significant throughout the day. So we think you’ll want to charge them every night, similar to what a lot of people do with their phone.”

According to Jim Dalrymple from The Loop, users should expect to get a single day’s use from the Apple Watch. Dalrymple expects that users will have to charge their wearable device every night, just like they do with their iPhone. In a blog post he says:

 “Charging at night seems about right. I don’t think it is reasonable to have the same expectation for Apple Watch battery life as I do for my wristwatch. This is a new type of device, more functionally aligned with my phone than with my simple watch.

Charging my Watch at night is no different to me than charging my computer or my iPhone.”

Users should not be surprised if they have to charge their Apple Watch every night given the tasks that it performs. However, Apple still has a few months to work out any flaws (including battery life) with their new wearable device. We should expect hear more information from the company with regards to battery life and other specifications as we get closer to the device’s launch.

apple watch.pngThe Apple Watch will be released in early 2015 and will come in three versions: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Apple’s wearable device is set to start at $349, which will presumably be the smaller version of the base Apple Watch. At the higher end, the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, could cost up to $1,200.

Would you be satisfied with having to charge your Apple Watch every night (keep in mind this is a first generation device)? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Arcsvibe

    No, not at that price. It should have 3-4 day battery life. I guess I will hang on to my Pebble lol

  • WatDah

    Lol!! For a device this small and be able to do all kinds of things and still have a whole day battery life, we should be thankful. The same goes to other smartwatches too.

  • The Pebble is nice but after seeing what Apple Watch can do…time to hold onto the Pebble as a hand-me-down smartwatch 😀

  • Arcsvibe

    I know I know you’re right…I’m greedy what can I say lol!

  • miggy_smalls

    As some have pointed out around the web, I think this watch does too much! Apple should have really simplified on a certain few tasks (notifications, health, maps, search) and tried to elongate the battery life. It is Gen1, and kind of looks like the original iPhone on your wrist, haha. 1 day seems reasonable, to not sleep with your watch on and charge it overnight.

  • PS

    I would have been impress if Apple had figured out a way to use the body energy/heat through the wrist band to extend the battery life. But at that price and requiring a daily recharge I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to pass and wait for future versions.

  • OliChabot

    I think I will skip the first iWatch and wait until they release the second gen. When the iPad 1 came out, they were key features missing, the most important being the camera (I’m not saying the iWatch should have one..). The second gen. provided two cameras, a new and great design, better battery life, thinner, and cheaper. I think it will be the same with he iWatch. The first gen. will test the market, see what kind of customers buys it (iWatch, Sport or Edition is the favorite) and will adjust their product based on the market’s feedback. They will also try to get more people into it by lowering the cost, to 299$ probably.

    What you think ?

  • ChrisShield5

    The fact is the battery won’t drastically improve in later generations either. Unless they change from Lithium batteries (which will happen at some point within the next decade IMO, probably to a newer lithium alloy), this is it. With tons of optimization and minor improvements you may get 2 days instead of 1 in future gens. Tiny watch=tiny battery=tiny capacity. Personally, I don’t think it’s a big deal. You charge you’re phone, you charge you’re watch. They made it easy to do.

    Still a useless device for me though.

  • Al

    I agree completely. I’ve mentioned before that they’ve had so many recent hires with regard to the watch that there is no way those hires could have contributed much, if anything, to the current design. The next version is likely to be significantly more advanced.

    I also believe it is way over-priced. I’m suspicious that maybe they just tossed a price out there to see what the reaction may be, and that they may end up lowering the price of the first version when it’s released… As a… “surprise everyone – aren’t we nice for doing that for you”.

    Time will tell.
    (sorry – had to say it)

  • ChrisShield5

    +1 for the pun 🙂

  • Al

    Maybe there will be some “thinking outside the box” happening with regard to possibly creating a thinner design in the near future with a convenient re-charge-on-the-go option???
    – Battery wrist strap?
    – Temporary battery snap-on cover? (ok – I hated that one even as I was typing it)

  • Al

    Does anyone else think the app UI is just weird, clumsy and cluttered?

  • Tim

    Battery technology has plateaued for a long time. Device makers get more out of their gadgets by creating efficiencies elsewhere (processor, display, software, etc.). Like someone else said, maybe we’ll get two days instead of one, but for this type of product I’m not sure that’s a win. It may even be best if it requires charging every day as opposed to every second day. That way there’s a rhythm to it all, a routine…IF your’re going to commit to doing that.

    Some of the rhetoric here is nauseating (ie. the line by WatDah when they said, “we should be thankful.”). We should not be thankful. Make a device that solves problems without major compromises, better than carrying one device, or don’t expect people to buy it. The point is not to complicate our lives, but improve it. Apple was always about getting the tech out of the way. If you’re going to suggest that everyone run around with two devices they need to charge all the time (as opposed to one), it better be really useful.

    I’m intrigued by smartwatches, but as it stands I need to see something they provide that my smartphone doesn’t do better. I like carrying one gadget, I don’t mind having to take it out of my pocket when I need it. Maybe Apple (and developers) will prove otherwise, but this seems to complicate my life more than necessary. Nevermind that I doubt “the crown” is really the best way to do this. Did anyone note that in the demo much of the interaction was still touch based…not sure that the crown is really that central in it all.

    To be honest, I have more of a hard on for the moto 360 in terms of style. I hope Apple doesn’t restrain itself to a square interface. I’d happily go with something like that..perhaps an e-ink display, less on screen bling as a concession, but beautiful and more passive. Having to charge all the time is not passive, but an intrusion.

  • MichaelYYZ

    Remember the good old watches with mechanical movement? We used to have to wind the spring daily and I don’t remember many people complaining about that.

  • kkritsilas

    HI,

    I was given a Sony Smartwatch (the first generation device). I charge it every night. It doesn’t necessarily need to be charged every night; I think it may make it through a second day, but when I connect my Nexus 5 for charging, I just connect the Smartwatch up, too. The connector for the Smartwatch is quite finiky, sometimes it takes a few twists and tweaks of the connector to get the Smartwatch to start charging. Its a non-standard connector specific to this watch, and it has 4 physical contact pins (gold plated), but I think that body sweat builtds up on the connector pins. Any smartwatch should have a non-contact charging system, in my opinion.

    In general, aside from the charging contact problems that are specific to the Sony Smartwatch, I don’t see having to charge up a smartwatch as a big deal.

  • djepsilon

    I see a lot of opinions that are similar to when the iPad was first released: “It’s just a big iPod”, “Using iOS on it is stupid”, “This will never sell”. Of course we all know what happened with the iPad…

    And not to say that the same thing will happen with this watch, but I do think people need to hamper their expectations a bit. Does anyone expect 3 to 4 days of battery life from their smartphone? Think of the size. That thing is tiiiiiiny. 1 day for such a little battery is actually pretty good IMO. People think technology is magic these days and don’t seem to really think about just of difficult it is to achieve things like this.

    And I’m a little surprised people think $350 for a watch like this is too expensive. Clearly you’ve never been watch shopping before. As far as I’m concerned, the Apple Watch annihilates any watch in the $350 range both in style and in functionality.

    I’ve always been an early adopter, so I’ll likely give it a shot right off the bat. Hopefully Apple does not disappoint!

  • Greg

    How about a separate bracelet you can wear that is itself a battery… Put it on when you need to charge the watch in an emergency… Think similar to an external USB battery pack… Only no wires, adapter goes from bracelet to watch without having some 3ft cable

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