Apple Watch to Have 'Power Reserve' Mode, Fake Samsung Casing Used to Maintain Secrecy

Apple Watch to Have 'Power Reserve' Mode, Fake Samsung Casing Used to Maintain Secrecy

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The New York Times is offering a few more details about the Apple Watch ahead of Apple's 'Spring Forward' event on March 9th.

The watch, code-named Gizmo, was apparently a difficult engineering challenge. Apple experimented with advanced health sensors nearly two years ago but decided to drop them from the device after they proved unreliable and cumbersome.

While testing the device outside of Apple offices, engineers used a fake casing that was designed to make the Apple Watch resemble a Samsung watch. The people working on the watch were described as an 'all-star team' including the company's top designers and engineers. Top executives included Jonathan Ive, Jeff Williams, and Kevin Lynch.

Apple has indicated that the Apple Watch battery will last a day and will need to be charged each night. However, the New York Times says there is a yet-to-be-announced feature called 'Power Reserve' that will run the watch on low energy but display only the time.

The site also says that the watch is being released a bit later than Apple had hoped because of technology challenges. In addition, a few key employees jumped ship. For example, Nest Labs, recently acquired by Google, poached some engineers that were the very best on the watch team including Bryan James, Apple’s former director of iPod software, who became a VP for engineering at Nest in early 2014.

Apple is widely expected to reveal more details about the Apple Watch at its March 9th special event. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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Apple Watch to Have 'Power Reserve' Mode, Fake Samsung Casing Used to Maintain Secrecy
bigjiba - March 3, 2015 at 1:36am
i hope it's one day use when using normal with a power reserve mode for emergencies. it would truly suck if it needs to power reserve a few hours just to last a day. i'll be buying one anyway knowing it will not be able to really beat any of the competition. actually.. that one day use will become easily half day use in a year or two when the battery starts wearing out. we all know there is a limitation on battery technology. i hope they can work on some sort of quick charging system.
Patrick Barnwell - March 2, 2015 at 3:35am
If it doesn't have the functioning sensors for heart rate and blood sugar that's a deal breaker for me without those I can get a pebble for half the price
Apple is Samsung with a Pretty Face - March 2, 2015 at 12:50am
Finally, Apple innovations has created a device that I can wear on my wrist to tell time, instead of pulling my phone out of my pocket to check the time. Amazing idea, I could have used a device like this along time ago. I can't tell you how many times a day I have to take my phone out of my pocket to check the time. Apple is amazing putting a time device on the wrist. Brilliant.
Apple is Hendo with a big brain - March 2, 2015 at 12:52am
Better yet, I got all day battery anywhere I go all thanks to ampy. Check it out, acts like a portable battery, charges your phone with motion.
Assmonger - March 1, 2015 at 8:36pm
I am 100% undecided if i will get this first iteration. I want one so badly tho
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