Apple Watch faces battery life challenges — report

24 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Watch battery life as short as 2.5 hours, report says.

The much heralded Apple Watch, the tech giant’s first new product category since the launch of the iPad, will go to market this year with a battery life that could be as low as 2.5 hours for active use, according to a report in 9to5mac.On the second ever TechCrunch AppleCast, Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell discuss the Apple Watch and its battery life, as potentially revealed by leaks this week.Even Apple hasn’t cracked the smartwatch battery code: A new report suggests the upcoming Apple Watch will provide up to 3.5 hours of app use between charges. We also touch on analyst reports claiming that a 12.9-inch iPad will also include an Apple-made stylus accessory option, and dive into a closer look at Copyfeed, a handy iOS utility.

The Apple S1 chip and Retina-class display might result in hefty battery loss, according to 9to5Mac, which cited people with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development. But once again—even if it is cool, cooler than the dozens of other smartwatches on the market—none of that will matter if its battery doesn’t last long enough.

Apple is putting the finishing touches to its Watch ahead of an expected launch in March – and yesterday released a test version of the software that will link it to an iPhone. ‘Additionally, the instructions inside of the Bluetooth menu specifically indicate that Apple will release a dedicated ‘Apple Watch app’ for setting up and controlling the wearable device. The watch should be able to “display its clock face for approximately three hours, including watch ticking animations, if nothing else is done with the device,” the report said. Regarding Apple Watch battery life, the question is whether, if the details are as reported, the wearable will offer enough to satisfy consumers, or whether it might turn some away as argued by some including Business Insider’s Steve Kovach.

We also look at some early third-party estimates for iPhone shipments leading into next week’s official financial report, most of which predict a huge quarter. So far Apple has refused to reveal exactly when it will be released, although a statement made to Apple employees suggests the release will be in ‘the spring.’ However, breakthroughs have been made in the number of successful yields for the watch’s display and processor, according to Taiwan’s United Daily News late last year. ‘One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch,’ he claims. Apple fans may get their wrists on the new wearable as early as March: Recent reports tip “extensive testing programs” at Apple retail stores next month, ahead of a March rollout.

Well-known venture capitalist Fred Wilson also wrote early this year that Apple’s first wearable device is not likely to be the “home run” that other Apple products have been. Cupertino unveiled its long-awaited device is early September, showing off three variant with different bands: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. During an interview in Bloomberg Business Week, Apple’s senior vice president of operations Jeff WIlliams said: ‘We want to make the best product in the world. Available in a 38mm or 42mm watch face, the wearable requires an iPhone connection (everything from the 5 to 6 Plus), and provides easy access to Siri, apps, photos, directions, and communication services.

However, if the Watch has to be charged at night, vital health signs could be missed by the gadget which Apple says will ‘motivate people to be more active and more healthy.’

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