• Report Says Apple Watch Will Require Nightly Charging



    On Tuesday, Apple wowed the world of wearables by unveiling its long awaited smartwatch simply called Apple Watch.

    But will the Apple Watch disappoint when it comes to battery life, as intensely rumored in recent weeks. A new report published Wednesday by Re/Code certainly suggests that this is possible.

    The report in question indicates that Tim Cook's "one more thing" announcement should have been that you'll have to charge Apple Watch daily.

    Expected battery life was a glaring omission in an otherwise impressive parade of features and specs. And after ignoring it completely during the Apple Watchs onstage debut, the company stalwartly refused comment on it during the device demos that followed.
    Why? According to Re/Code, Apple "isnt yet happy with the watchs battery life," and this may be part of the reason why the device isn't launching until next year. The company simply wants to boost battery life before releasing the wearable into the wild.

    Source: Re/Code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report Says Apple Watch Will Require Nightly Charging started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. anmiller07's Avatar
      anmiller07 -
      I thought this was clear from the presentation. They didnt say it in those words exactly, but the part where they first talked about the charger basically said "you'll need to charge this ***** up every night, so we have made it easy." What's the problem with nightly charging anyway? Do people really not charge their devices nightly?
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Kid's iWatch.....
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Nightly charging = No buying! Until smartwatches can be kept on for about a week without charging I don't see the point of owning one no matter how cool or good it looks.
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Can the writer of this article not use the quote feature properly?
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by anmiller07 View Post
      I thought this was clear from the presentation. They didnt say it in those words exactly, but the part where they first talked about the charger basically said "you'll need to charge this ***** up every night, so we have made it easy." What's the problem with nightly charging anyway? Do people really not charge their devices nightly?
      If you travel the world you quickly find out there is not always a place to plug in. Since Apple doesn't allow the battery in it's devices to be field replaceable not being able to go 2 to 3 days without charging makes this watch a toy.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      It is too bad that they could make it charge by the movement of wearing it like some of the other high end watches (kinetics
    1. anmiller07's Avatar
      anmiller07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      If you travel the world you quickly find out there is not always a place to plug in. Since Apple doesn't allow the battery in it's devices to be field replaceable not being able to go 2 to 3 days without charging makes this watch a toy.
      I'm well traveled, thank you very much. Do you not travel with your iPhone? That also needs to be charged daily (at least mine does, and that's on a VERY good day with little to no usage, for instance if I was flying all day and unable to use LTE) and I seem to make due just fine. I traveled extensively this summer, and there are more places to plug in than ever (on planes, at airports, at random places in cities all over the world) and there are also portable chargers nowadays.
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      It is too bad that they could make it charge by the movement of wearing it like some of the other high end watches (kinetics
      Yea, no thanks. I'll stick to my 'dumb' solar powered watch.
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      So what! If it can last a FULL day, I'll be fine. If not, throw it on the charger for a bit at work or something. If you're traveling, bring a portable external charger if you know you're not going to be by an outlet for a while. Im sure they are working on some crazy way of charging these, or some ridiculous "lifetime" lithium battery... the time WILL come soon enough where we will see significant battery life increases. For now, I will buy one, I will use it, I will enjoy it, and I will charge it, repeat.
    1. copper_maximus's Avatar
      copper_maximus -
      Quote Originally Posted by anmiller07 View Post
      I thought this was clear from the presentation. They didnt say it in those words exactly, but the part where they first talked about the charger basically said "you'll need to charge this ***** up every night, so we have made it easy." What's the problem with nightly charging anyway? Do people really not charge their devices nightly?
      I Agree, I charge my phone nightly and a couple times during the day. People who don't understand the workings of electronics complain about battery life without thinking of the multiple processes that are going on that require power. Such a small and light device why would you think its going to have a large battery that is going to last forever. Really people think about that for min.....
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      People are crazy jumping to conclusions. Since when does no comment on battery life mean disappointing battery life??

      If it was launching inside a month Id be worried, but since its probably about 6 months out its clearly unfinished, which clearly means they wont have enough information to know how long it will last on average. First they have to get it production ready, THEN they can start running battery life tests to determine what they can quote.

      Do people seriously get paid to write this FUD and tripe??

      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      It is too bad that they could make it charge by the movement of wearing it like some of the other high end watches (kinetics
      You wouldn't get enough power from a kinetic winder to make it useful. Current kinetic winders will only get enough juice to keep a typical watch going for a day or two without additional winding, and a smart watch requires a lot more energy than a standard analog watch.

      Since the watch clearly isn't production ready yet, not even Apple knows exactly how long the battery will last. For the vast majority of people, a full day charge is all they need. nightly charging is not really an issue, just like a phone. The problem is people aren't used to the idea when it comes to a watch, which is why they are wigging out over it, But this isn't a watch, it's a very small mobile eletronic device.
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      Here's the thing. Even with the great battery on the iP6 Plus, I use my devices so often that I'm sure I'll need to charge it nightly also. Granted a larger battery is going to make things more convenient but those same people who are HORRIFIED at the idea of having to charge their watch nightly are the same people who would have thrown a FIT if the device had been made larger to accommodate a bigger battery. #mjustsayin
    1. olivo42's Avatar
      olivo42 -
      It's a real problem, cuz everyone gets their cellphones charged every night... so, what's the deal??

      Just get your watch charged too.... SIMPLE
    1. nakedcrook's Avatar
      nakedcrook -
      Terrible...considering my Gear 1 gets 3.5 days after rooting and optimization with BT on all the time.

      Back to the drawing board for the iWatch.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      So how is that different from the current crop of smart watches?

      Whats next? News Flash: iWatch band will require manual buckling every time you put it on or take it off!
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      I know people that don't charge their phones at night. They end up killing their battery mid day and throw it on a charger. My sister in law constantly keeps her battery at 20%. I have no idea why...it makes no sense to me. But that's their problem not Apples. All apple can do is make a product their proud of. I don't see anyone else making their own smart watch....
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by anmiller07 View Post
      I thought this was clear from the presentation. They didnt say it in those words exactly, but the part where they first talked about the charger basically said "you'll need to charge this ***** up every night, so we have made it easy."
      Not really. They needed inductive charging simply because the watch is sealed, presumably so you can walk in the rain without it shorting out.
    1. Mr_X's Avatar
      Mr_X -
      Sold my Pebble to see how the iWatch turned out... doesn't look like i'll be getting it


      Going to buy another Pebble most likely, i can go a week without charging it. And i just wear the watch for the time and the style, dont want to be doing tons of stuff on it. Pebble looks better than the iWatch surprisingly, cleaner and simpler for the wrist.

      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      So how is that different from the current crop of smart watches?

      Whats next? News Flash: iWatch band will require manual buckling every time you put it on or take it off!


      Pebble lasts a full week
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by nakedcrook View Post
      Terrible...considering my Gear 1 gets 3.5 days after rooting and optimization with BT on all the time.

      Back to the drawing board for the iWatch.
      Love all the morons taking wild, baseless speculation as fact just to complain.

      Get a life.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Love all the morons taking wild, baseless speculation as fact just to complain.

      Get a life.
      It's not baseless. We've all been using Apple products for years. The Apple Watch is basically like having an iPod Nano on your wrist with the pedometer and sensors on constantly (if you're using this only as a time piece you didn't spend that $400 wisely). That's a lot of power to draw, and there's not a lot of room in this watch for a battery. 12-16 hours or less battery life on this is a very reasonable estimation.

      But, in all fairness this watch is basically in Beta. They'll have a while test and refine it yet.
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