Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles

apple_watch_battery_ifixitApple has outlined that the Apple Watch battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 1000 complete charge cycles, which gives the watch's battery a lifespan of about two-and-a-half to three years based on fully charging the wrist-worn device once per day.

Comparatively, the MacBook and iPad can also receive up to 1000 complete charge cycles while retaining up to 80% of original battery capacity. iPhones receive up to 500 complete charge cycles, and iPods receive up to 400 complete charge cycles before the battery may deplete further.

A teardown of the Apple Watch earlier today revealed a small 205 mAh battery inside the device, which lasts up to 18 hours based on mixed usage and up to 72 hours in Power Reserve mode. The battery is covered under Apple's limited 1-year hardware warranty, while out-of-warranty battery service is also available for $79 plus an applicable $6.95 shipping charge if required for the Sport, Watch and Edition models.


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15 months ago

What the hell? I have to pay 1/4 of my watch every two years so I can use it?


i see i was too slow. sigh.

no. you can keep it at 80% if you wish, like many people do w/ old iPhones. or if you're unhappy w/ the actual world in which we live, where batteries wear out, then you can bring it in for servicing every few years. just like, you know, mechanical watches.

i bet you dont even have a mechanical watch.
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15 months ago

What the hell? I have to pay 1/4 of my watch every two years so I can use it?


Feel free to invent a new battery technology to solve these problems.
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15 months ago

Is that another way of saying the Apple Watch was designed to die within 3 years ?


No. The watch will be usable after 3 years and the battery will have at least 80% charge. Did you read the article?
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15 months ago
Is that another way of saying the Apple Watch was designed to die within 3 years ?
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15 months ago

Yep - and my mechanical watch that cost $800 and needs a battery every year is dead after one year. :)

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Sure, if you want. Since 1000 is almost three years you can always replace it early.


Wow, this guy...Either you don't own a mechanical watch or know what a mechanical watch is. Mechanical watches don't need batteries. If your battery runs on batteries its a quartz movement.
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15 months ago
sounds great. and before anyone complains, after a few years you bring it in to have the battery replaced -- very similar to the occasional servicing of mechanical watches.
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15 months ago
What the hell? I have to pay 1/4 of my watch every two years so I can use it?
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15 months ago
Sounds fair enough.
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15 months ago
The term "last" in this headline is misleading. As mentioned in the article, it will still have at least 80% of it's life after 1000 charges.
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15 months ago

Number of complete charge cycles isn't a fair comparison to make. Those other devices typically last longer than a day between charges.


an iphone? i thought the #1 complaint of iPhones was their daily charging? so which is it -- is 1000 cycles on the watch sucky despite being twice as much as the iPhone because iPhones get much better battery life, or do iPhones have crummy battery life?

i can't keep up w/ the hater rhetoric!
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