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The poor battery life of Apple Watch: debate continues

A new report published by tech blog ‘9to5Mac’ on Thursday claims that Apple has stated that the battery life of its newest gadget is set to last 19 hours on a single charge. On the other hand, it also claims that while in constant use, the battery will die after just four hours and will need to be charged nightly. Now set to be released in March, it seems Apple has some more than anticipated work to do to reach its impressive goal.Apple-Watch-logo-main1

This has understandably caused a delay in the launch and has gotten people talking and eager to test out the new product.

The S1 chip in the Apple watch is reportedly similar in power to the A5 processor in an iPod touch, giving it a great performance rate and clear visuals but under heavy usage, a shorter battery life. The 19 hour goal is meant to be reached through a combination of active and passive use. It seems that it depends on what you will be using it for on a daily basis that will determine how often it needs to be charged.

The device was tested and reported that it will long last from 2 ½ to 4 hours of run-time (when the users are using various applications in it) and it longs for more than 19 hours of standby time when you’re letting the clock at rest.

Smartwatch success in the past has been greatly determined by battery life and is an important factor that Apple is no doubt trying to stay on top of to keep up with the competition. In this case, it could be a bold move for the company to under promise and then perhaps over deliver with these not so clear expectations being promoted. According to 9to5Mac, it seems that Apple might land right in between its competitors that have also launched their own watches, such as LG’s G Watch and Motorola’s Moto 360.

The watch is designed to come to life when an incoming text message, alert or phone call is received. When in use, the carefully designed clock face will last for several hours and when not in use, the display will shut off which preserves the battery life.

Apple executives have answered that Apple Watch users should charge their device every night and in the meanwhile, frequent charging of the device may disappoint few users. While comparing the device with smartphones, the endurance of the device will be less than other smartphones that are available in the market.

About David Mayor

Writer and editor of The Next Digit Media, he takes care of iOS, Apple, Mac and other gadgets. He worked at Apple Inc, before joining to TND Media. He was graduated in Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication Degree from Cambridge University. All posts by David


  1. Why don't they put the battery in the band?

  2. Why don't they just cancel it.

  3. Geek Junk. I have 5.00 KMART watch that keeps perfect time, been running on the same battery for 3 years. Don't think I need to text, email, web browse on a tiny 2 inch screen. Got a smart phone that goes where I go that can do all of that.

  4. U mean like Microsoft band? Band has way more uses and functions also but does not look pretty.

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