1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    As the Apple Watch launch date was confirmed recently to be April 24th, many are wondering about the device’s battery. To provide some insight on the matter, TechCrunch reported that in the event where the smartwatch battery needs to be replaced, the company will be able to switch out the component. Although it was noted that this was possible, the Cupertino-based company has yet to announce or give any information on how the process will work. TechCrunch claimed that smartwatch owners will most likely have to pay a fee and send in the device in order for the battery to be replaced.

    The Apple Watch works on a rechargeable battery and the company claimed that it will have an 18-hour all day battery life. They also noted that the larger 42mm watch will have even longer battery life than the smaller 38mm one. It is definitely good news that the company will be able to swap out the battery if something is wrong with it. However, we are wondering what the cost will be as we expect the price won’t be cheap. Any guesses on how much it might be? Share with us in the comments below.

    Source: TechCrunch

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    2015-03-11 01:58 AM
  2. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
    A measly $199.
    2015-03-11 03:01 PM
  3. cpotoso's Avatar
    The fee will be about 2/3 of a new watch... Sure, that's useful.
    2015-03-11 03:02 PM
  4. fleurya's Avatar
    If the battery in the watch holds up as well as in the phones it'll likely never be needed.
    2015-03-11 06:51 PM
  5. twisted-pixel's Avatar
    I wonder how long it will be before ifixit do a tear down and replacement batteries start appearing on the market.

    Not that I can see the need for one within the space of a year, but you never know
    http://www.ibandswap.com - Swap your extra Apple Watch bands
    2015-03-11 07:34 PM
  6. Shigoroku's Avatar
    If the battery in the watch holds up as well as in the phones it'll likely never be needed.
    While my current iPhone 6 Plus battery is still great, I've had lots of different iPhones. Most of them develop battery issues after a year or so. Sometimes, the battery can get pretty bad within the 1-year standard warranty. Apple is usually pretty good about dealing with it, but they've sometimes denied the issue once or twice before replacing or repairing a device. That's a big deal for me because it takes hours to drive to the closest Apple Store.

    One of the issues I've experienced multiple times: At 25%, the phone could shut off at any second and show the symbol telling you to charge. After connecting to a charger, the device boots and shows 26%+ charge immediately. I've experienced that with an iPhone 3GS, an iPhone 5, and an iPhone 5s. The employees usually run some kind of battery diagnostic and tell you "the device is fine." After 2-3 visits, they finally realize it's not. One variation on this issue is that the device doesn't necessarily shut off, but the remaining battery life starts dropping rapidly after some point like 20%. You have no idea if it will work for 1 hour or 3 minutes.

    It should be noted that I only use Apple-brand chargers and Apple-brand USB cables. I'm extremely wary of counterfeits and I usually won't even use MFi-certified stuff.
    2015-03-27 04:12 PM