Apple Watch battery life might not challenge competitors
Smartwatches are the cool new thing in the market, but not necessarily cool enough to take the world by storm. Many consumers still debate the need for a smartwatch, and especially when they add the burden of giving users another product to charge every night. Apple intends to revolutionize this market just like it has with smartphones and tablets in the past, but it seems that even certain basics won’t be met.
Sources claim that the combination of Apple’s S1 processor and the stripped-down version of iOS being used, codename SkiHill that powers the Apple Watch, is similar in capabilities to Apple’s A5 dual-core CPU. We still find good performance from this processor on devices like the fifth-generation iPod Touch, the Apple TV, and even the non-Retina iPad mini. These are good news in a way, since this means we will have a very powerful watch in our hands, but then again, it does raise the battery life question, something extremely important in a wearable.
According to the source, there are at least 3,000 Apple Watch units being tested in the real world today, and that the main purpose is to determine if the product can meet Apple’s battery life criteria. That criteria is the one we’re worried about, as the report claims that Apple is barely targeting 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use, with 19 hours of combined active/passive use, 3 days of pure standby time, or 4 days if left in a sleeping mode. The device is said to be capable to up to 4 hours of exercise tracking, something we know runners won’t enjoy, as that’s the average time it takes people to complete a marathon. Even basic tasks like showing the time will only work for approximately 3 continuous hours, something smartwatches with AMOLED displays don’t suffer. Apple is apparently not worried about this, since its studies show that users won’t be using the smartwatch’s display constantly.
The report goes as far as to mention that Cupertino is currently working on improving the charging times of the Apple Watch, and that there will be a plastic, and a stainless steel variant of the MagSafe power adapter for the Apple Watch. We assume the plastic one will be available for the Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Sport, and the premium variant will reach the Apple Watch Edition, but nothing is set in stone.
The report claims that the Apple Watch is set to ship by the end of March, so we’ll keep you posted on more.