The Apple Watch is due to launch some time in March but the device’s battery life may hold it back as internal tests are reportedly showing a 2.5 hour battery life with active application use, which doesn’t sound too great, although it does fall in line with earlier reports that the device would need to be charged every day.
This is all according to the latest scoop from 9to5Mac, which has been reporting on the Apple Watch and its release date for some time now. Sources familiar with the smart watch’s development told the site that consumers should expect between 2.5 and 4 hours of screen on time for watch.
However, Apple is confident that its users will be able to make it from morning to night with around 19 hours of on and off use being the norm during tests right now. This isn’t too far from what Android smart watches achieve currently. Apple won’t be setting any bars but it won’t be falling too far short either based on this information. However, real world performance may differ to Apple’s own internal tests so we will have to wait and see.
One of the reasons many suspect that the Apple Watch took so long is because Apple was struggling with battery performance and it doesn’t sound like the company has achieved the level it was hoping to either.
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KitGuru Says: There is a serious need for improved battery technology for smart devices. Poor battery life is often one of the biggest complaints among smartphone and tablet users and I would argue that having decent battery life is going to be even more important for wearables in order for them to become mainstream, people may not want to charge their watches every night along with their phones.