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Tim Cook on Apple Watch: 'You're Going to Wind Up Charging It Daily'

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, and more.

Unsurprisingly, Cook said that Apple is "excited" about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and he's impressed that Jony Ive and his team had the foresight to understand that "something you wear has to be personal" and that it can't be "geeky."

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Cook divulged some new information on the Apple Watch's battery, which has previously gone unmentioned by Apple. Cook says that people will use it so much that it will need to be charged on a daily basis. "You're going to wind up charging it daily," he said, declining to provide a specific battery life for the device as Apple is still examining how people use it.

Battery life on the Apple Watch has been in question since long before the device launched, with early reports suggesting Apple was having trouble getting the device to last longer than a day. While the company was originally aiming to have the Apple Watch last three to four days, it appears that battery life may be closer to the iPhone's battery life, requiring a charge on a nightly basis. Apple employees have also suggested that the device may only last for a full day of usage, which is why Apple designed an easy charging system.

The Apple Watch connects to a magnetic charger that's much like the MagSafe chargers supplied with the Mac, snapping easily to the back of the device. High-end versions of the Apple Watch even ship in a luxury box that doubles as a charging stand. Apple likely has not commented officially on the Apple Watch battery as it is continuing to finalize the software for the device ahead of its early 2015 launch.


An official rough transcript of Cook's comments during the interview, which also covered the Mac, the iPhone, Apple's taxes in Ireland, plans for a low cost iPhone, and Cook's thoughts on Carl Icahn, can be found over at The Wall Street Journal, and a second comprehensive live blog from Fast Company's Harry McCracken also has details on exactly what Cook shared during the conversation.

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22 months ago
oh jony

"Since the Apple Watch requires daily charge cycles, users are given a more intimate experience of sitting down with their Apple Watch and waiting for it. iPhone users familiar with this feature would be pleased to know that charging their Apple Watch will work seamlessly through their daily routines. Consciously checking on the remaining battery life often allows users to gain a personal connection with their Apple Watch."



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Rating: 105 Votes
22 months ago
They can't make the battery TOO good otherwise there won't be enough incentive to buy Apple Watch 2 :apple:
Rating: 63 Votes
22 months ago
"Wind up"

Interesting choice of words
Rating: 46 Votes
22 months ago
And nobody asked him about the mess he made with the macmini
Rating: 44 Votes
22 months ago

"Since the Apple Watch requires daily charge cycles, users are given a more intimate experience of sitting down with their Apple Watch and waiting for it. iPhone users familiar with this feature would be pleased to know that charging their Apple Watch will work seamlessly through their daily routines. Consciously checking on the remaining battery life often allows users to gain a personal connection with their Apple Watch."

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I read this in his voice.
Rating: 24 Votes
22 months ago
Not surprised and not bothered, either. The Apple Watch is going to be awesome, so I'll be using it quite a bit. Getting a full day out of it is enough for me! Can't wait for pre-orders. :apple:
Rating: 20 Votes
22 months ago
Meh, I charge enough stuff. I don't want my watch to need daily charging because that means in a year it will need twice daily, than thrice daily..and so on.

When they can get it to about 4 days per charge for a "watch" I'll take interest. It certainly is new and exciting, but I just don't think it's practical right now. Plus, I want to see if the idea will last, or be abandoned in 3 years.
Rating: 15 Votes
22 months ago
Forget buying the first gen model.
Rating: 12 Votes
22 months ago

People do realize they're not required to buy an Watch right?


That's not correct. If you read the tiny print when you signed up for iTunes, you'll see that you are required to buy the Edition. :D
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago
So it'll be pretty much useless for sleep tracking, since most people will need to charge it every night.
Rating: 9 Votes

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