Apple Watch's battery life has been a big topic of discussion of late. For long, it had been rumoured to last full day after a single charge. Even though powering it up nightly seemed a bit too much for an expensive watch, both media and Apple fans seemed to have settled down with it.
As compared to contemporary watches which are shipped with more battery life and comparatively low price, the Watch mightn't be able to hold its fort as far as battery life is concerned. So, what's really costing the Watch heavily and delaying its arrival?
Retina Display and A5 Processor Believed to be Main Culprits
According to 9to5Mac, Apple's decision to use power consuming Retina display capable of updating at a rapid 60 frames per second and A5 processor are believed to be the main culprits behind the low battery life of Apple watch.
Early on, the Cupertino based company wanted the watch to be able to provide 2.5 to 4 hours of active use and overall 19 hours of combined active/ passive use. Moreover, Apple had pushed for 3 days of standby time and if users used the watch in sleep mode, it could last for even 4 days.
However, Apple wouldn’t be able to achieve what it had planned initially. And hence, the watch’s battery would last mere 2-3 days in either sleep or standby mode.
Apple Watch Battery Life while Using Fitness Tracking Software
The tech giant has been intensively testing its forthcoming watch’s battery life with pre-bundled and third- partyapps. As reported by 9to5 Mac, Apple wants to accomplish 2.5 hours of intensive app use and 3.5 hours of standard app use. Nevertheless, the Cupertino-based company wishes to achieve nearly 4 hours of battery life while using the fitness tracking software.
Based on the report, the Watch will be equipped to display its clock face for about 3 hours along with the watch ticking animations.The display gets powered off when not in use and hence consumes relatively less power.
MagSafe Technology to be Perfected
According to 9to5Mac, MagSafe technology, inductive charging mechanism, isn’t doing any favour to the watch by not helping it recharged in a quick time. Apple is trying to fix this issue before long. Had the battery issue been resolved as expected, the Watch could have been arrived.
Apple had thought of launching the watch by early 2015 but due to some issues including poor battery life, it has been pushed to March.
The Watch Will Require to Be Used Smartly
The Cupertino-based company is desperately trying to improve the watch’s battery as rival brands ship with much better battery as well as quality features in comparatively less price such as Moto 360, Samsung Gear S.
Though the watch’s rumoured active running time seems to be too little too late, if you weigh at how much a user will be able to use it per day, it may just be good enough. One thing is for sure, the Watch will consume a lot of power and hence users will need to use it smartly.