Apple Watch Battery Life Currently 'About a Day', but May Improve for 2015 Launch

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new Apple Watch, providing a number of details on the highly anticipated device but declining to address one critical issue: battery life. According to information obtained by Re/code, Apple's new Watch will require daily charging, keeping the device in line with similar smart watches from Samsung and Motorola.

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“There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said. “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging.”

Sources tell Re/code that Apple is working to improve battery life before the product's 2015 debut, but the company still expects people will charge the device once a day.

The Apple Watch will go on sale in early 2015 with a starting price of $349. The smart watch will be available in two sizes with a variety of colors, materials and watch bands for personal customization.

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Top Rated Comments

Reason077 Avatar
128 months ago
Battery life is not the biggest problem with the Apple Watch.

The biggest issue I see is that, for most functions, it must be tethered to your iPhone to work. Whats the point of being able to use Maps, Messages, etc when you could just pull your phone out of your pocket and get a better experience on a bigger screen? It has no GPS chip so you can't even use it to track your hiking/running route like most GPS watches.

Clearly, it's been designed with untethered use in mind. But current GPS chips and cellular radios couldn't fit in to the Watch without unacceptable battery drain.

Buying this version of the Apple Watch will be a bit like buying the first generation iPad: There's some cool technology there, and a lot of potential - but you know that in a year or so there'll be a second generation that's thinner, has better battery life, and has built-in cellular data and GPS.
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IJ Reilly Avatar
128 months ago
Insert unreasonable expectations here: _________________
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ksnell Avatar
128 months ago
Bet you it gets thinner before they increase the battery life on it.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
128 months ago
It's a cool tech device, looks nice. Bravo to the engineering and design teams and everyone involved that brought this to life.

But it's still not my cup of tea, I may purchase one in the far future but I probably won't be wearing one in the coming years.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gugy Avatar
128 months ago
too little. It needs at least 2 or 3 days.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
autrefois Avatar
128 months ago
Insert unreasonable expectations here: _________________

Having a watch that works for more than a day at a time. Unreasonable, isn't it?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)