Apple may have resolved the Apple Watch’s battery life woes

When it comes to the Apple Watch, we’ve got three big outstanding questions: when will we get a chance to buy it? What will it cost? And what can we expect from its battery life? Answers are likely in store for us at Apple’s Monday event, but until then we’re getting a little insight into that last question, as a new report suggests the smartwatch’s battery life might not be as dire as some earlier rumors suggested.

Supposedly, while the Apple Watch may have struggled with getting through a full day on a charge earlier in its development, Apple’s been able to stretch things out such that your average user will only have to recharge every night. Specifically, we’re told that you can look forward to about five hours of very heavy app usage, or a full day for most use cases. Contrast that five with the two-and-a-half to four hours we heard quoted earlier.

We’re also told to look forward to some color-changing UI effects to let us know when the battery’s really getting low. There should also be a “Power Reserve Mode” that will dial-down display brightness and optional Watch services in order to hold you over until your next charge.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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