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  • Apple Watch Rumored to Have 19 Hours of Standby Usage and 2.5 Hours of Heavy Usage


    Apple is rumored to be targeting 19 hours of battery life under mixed usage conditions for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable. It should be noted that the rumor is consistent with Apple CEO Tim Cooks’ estimate that users will want to charge the device daily. This is something Cook had commented on after unveiling the Apple Watch in September. Between the devices unveiling and now, the Cupertino California company has managed to remain tight-lipped.

    To be a bit more specific, people familiar with Apple’s plans shed light on the situation stating that Apple was aiming to squeeze out 2.5 to 4 hours in “active” app use, 3 days in standby and 4 days in sleep mode. Sources warned that the first-generation iteration of the device may not reach Apple’s goals. The same people are saying that the current standard use estimates put Apple Watch battery life at roughly 3.5 hours, dropping to 2.5 hours under heavy load, while power-saving passive modes can help power the device for 2-3 days.

    Apple is said to be tweaking software to find the right mix of performance and survivability. For example, the company is targeting 4 hours of continuous exercise tracking when linked to an iPhone, suggesting raw data is handed off to the more capable handset for processing.

    It isn’t a surprise to hear about battery life becoming a big issue as it is one of the large technical hurdles for smart watch manufacturers. Apple appears to be facing the same issues with its small form factor device. The device is said to pack in a custom designed S1 system-on-chip, which is reportedly as powerful as the A5 processor. Furthermore, the device touts a Retina-quality display, a feature which is reportedly a major draw back on what is expected to be a relatively low-capacity battery cell.

    As of right now, Apple still hasn’t confirmed a released date for the Apple Watch but the company does continue to hold on to an “early 2015” launch.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Watch Rumored to Have 19 Hours of Standby Usage and 2.5 Hours of Heavy Usage started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Ouch! I was hoping for 6-10 hours of non stop play and possibly 2 days of standby. One can dream right? :]
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I really want one, but if it doesn't even last a day I doubt I'll get one.
    1. StaceyMJ86's Avatar
      StaceyMJ86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      I really want one, but if it doesn't even last a day I doubt I'll get one.
      This definitely have me thinking should I buy one or wait for the next generation?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Think about it though it's just a watch not our entire smart phone. The watch is to tell time and show you some quick notifications. Think of it kinda like the old school beepers. 2.5 of active use doesn't seem too bad.
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      That kind of horrible battery life is what I was afraid of, and why I'd much rather buy a $27 knock-off with ~10x the battery life.
      http://modmyi.com/content/17686-fake...-hyperdon.html
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      I just got a Fitbit Surge instead of waiting for the Apple Watch. The Surge gets 5-7 days of battery life and plays well with iPhone. Sure it's not going to have the same build quality as an apple product but it's a watch afterall. I don't have time to sit around waiting for my watch to charge multiple times per day. I still want to get an apple watch since it'll be so much more versatile, and nicer, but I'll wait a few generations.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      It seems everyone is going to be willing when it comes to mass Location arrest
    1. rahysell's Avatar
      rahysell -
      So we are going to have to walk around with a battery pack around our neck and a wire going from our wrist to the battery around our neck! Or a fanny pack, there we go! Lol
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      The only good thing about this is hopefully Apple will find some new innovative way to extend battery life and it will trickle down to the other devices 😀
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      I'll still buy 20 when it comes out and make a killing on resale the same way I did with the iPhone 6/Plus. Will I keep one for myself? Absolutely not. But that's in part because I feel claustrophobic when wearing a watch (or anything semi-heavy) on my left wrist, which sucks because I actually like watches, smart or not. I feel slightly less claustrophobic if I wear it on my right wrist, but still claustrophobic enough to not let me function at ease during the time I'm awake. Weird sh1t, I know.
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Claimed battery life will never be close to the truth as it is the case with any idevice. I have to charge my iPhone 6 at least twice per day with normal use. My main concerns are: 1, do I want to wear a battery, Bluetooth, wifi, radiation on my wrist all day? 2, do I really want to be reachable at all times of the day?
      For now it's a No and no thank you. Give me a break. I just don't get the idea at all.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      I like how 19 hours of mixed use equals "won't last a day" and "need to wear a battery pack" comments. I didn't realize so many people only slept 4 hours or less a day.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      Claimed battery life will never be close to the truth as it is the case with any idevice. I have to charge my iPhone 6 at least twice per day with normal use.
      I guess you have never seen apple's battery reviews. They typically exceed apple's quotes. Just because your personal extreme use of your device is outside the norm doesn't mean you represent everyone.

      Actually, if anything this watch may help you get through the day without recharging your phone since you will be offloading some of your data viewing from the phone itself to the watch.
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      Charging it daily is no big deal to me since I don't sleep with a watch on.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      I could be wrong but doesn't it have an all day heart rate sensor? If so, doesn't taking it off all the time to charge kinda defeat the purpose of that? That brings me back to why I'll stick with my fitbit surge for now with its 5+ day battery life
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      I guess you have never seen apple's battery reviews. They typically exceed apple's quotes. Just because your personal extreme use of your device is outside the norm doesn't mean you represent everyone.

      Actually, if anything this watch may help you get through the day without recharging your phone since you will be offloading some of your data viewing from the phone itself to the watch.
      I agree and I respect your opinion. I'm a daily user for business only, no games, no social media. Email, phone, sms and Dropbox.
      Heavy LTE and Bluetooth. Might not represent the large majority of every day users but there are plenty of us that use our phones for business and rely on it heavily. The battery life is just not efficient or allows enough without charging mid day. Most certainly not 6-8 hours. Standby time is hardly relevant. Once the day comes to an " end " I want to be able to relax and set the device aside. Not being reachable ALL THE TIME. The watch was intended to be the exact opposite of that. Allows you to be reachable. This is my point.
      But again, you are making a good point by saying it might not be for me but it is for a lot of others.
      Seems as if the " being connected" all the time condition is unavoidable as part of being hip these days. However, I think it's not that crucial at all. How many Facebook, Instagram and Twitter updates do we really need daily?
      Having to wear a battery on your wrist is purely a health issue and not a nuisance.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      ugh, that blows.
    1. uri8472's Avatar
      uri8472 -
      Does anyone else find it a little strange that an iPod Nano 6G, from 2010, that's about the same size, can last longer at full use (about 24 hours) than an Apple Watch?
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by uri8472 View Post
      Does anyone else find it a little strange that an iPod Nano 6G, from 2010, that's about the same size, can last longer at full use (about 24 hours) than an Apple Watch?
      I imagine a nano wasn't powering wireless chips either, though.
    1. uri8472's Avatar
      uri8472 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      I imagine a nano wasn't powering wireless chips either, though.
      Actually the Nano supports BlueTooth (e.g., wireless headphones.)