Apple Watch Battery Life Performance Targets Revealed?

Apple Watch Battery Life Performance Targets Revealed?

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Apple hasn't said much about the battery life of its upcoming Apple Watch, only revealing that the smartwatch will need to be recharged nightly. However, sources have now leaked new information on the company's battery life performance targets to 9to5Mac.

Due to its powerful S1 processor and high quality screen that supports updating at 60fps, Apple has struggled to maximize the battery life of its smartwatch, despite the watch running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill.

Apple initially wanted the Apple Watch battery to provide roughly one full day of usage, mixing a comparatively small amount of active use with a larger amount of passive use. As of 2014, Apple wanted the Watch to provide roughly 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use versus 19 hours of combined active/passive use, 3 days of pure standby time, or 4 days if left in a sleeping mode. Sources, however, say that Apple will only likely achieve approximately 2-3 days in either the standby or low-power modes…

Apple has been testing the battery life of the Apple Watch with pre-bundled and third-party applications. Sources say that Apple is currently targeting 2.5 hours of 'heavy' application use such as gaming or 3.5 hours of standard app use. Notably, when using fitness tracking software, the watch is targeted to have 4 hours of straight exercise tracking on a single charge. When using the device as just a watch, it should be able to display a watch face with animations for three hours straight. While, this seems like a short period of time, in typical daily use the watch face would be off until you wanted to check the time. Apple is shooting for 19 hours of mixed usage each day but it may not reach that for the first version of the device.

Poor battery life has been a concern for Apple and is apparently why the retail launch was pushed back from late 2014 to early 2015. The company has reportedly circulated nearly 3,000 test units of the device to gather data from.

Another issue has been the MagSafe-based inductive charging mechanism which was taking longer than expected to recharge the device. Apple has developed both a plastic and a stainless version of the circular charger. Presumably, the plastic version would ship with the lower end models of the Apple Watch; however, as Apple has only shown the metal variant they may only launch that version of the charger.

It's believed that the Apple Watch is on track to ship by the end of March.Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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Apple Watch Battery Life Performance Targets Revealed?

Apple Watch Battery Life Performance Targets Revealed?
StupidMe - January 25, 2015 at 1:51am
wait a minute did I read this right "Due to its powerful $1 processor and high quality screen that supports updating at 60fps, Apple has struggled to maximize the battery life of its smartwatch, despite the watch running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill. so then A watch that has to be charge every day, so the battery will last what? 2 month after charging over and over, nice going apple.
LookAtYou - January 25, 2015 at 2:30am
so far. This is a challenge that Apple makes compared to others die due to how much work is put into that battery uses.
Nope - January 27, 2015 at 2:42pm
If I'm not mistaken, an iPhone battery has an expected lifetime of over 500 charges. Presuming the same kind of battery for the Apple Watch, that'd be over a year and a half. Not two months. But that doesn't mean that at 500 it stops working, it just means that the battery holds less charge.
Lolwut - January 27, 2015 at 10:01pm
genneo, the motion powered the charger. Couldn't be happier.
Android Junkie - January 23, 2015 at 4:02am
Samsung watch lasts 4 hours if you touch it. In standby it lasts 12 hours.
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