“The ‘leak’ via 9to5Mac of what’s alleged to be Apple’s battery life performance targets last week has added a whole new spin to the rumour mills, and delighted both Apple fans and critics alike,” Kit Eaton writes for Medium.
“Fans are happy because 19 hours of ‘mixed’ use, with the watch mainly on standby and in typical-to-heavy use for only about 2.5 to 3.5 hours a day is actually quite generous — it means a nightly charge during a typical 8-hours of bed time is going to be more than enough. The news has also delighted Apple detractors because the 3-hour-ish figure sounds a little small compared to other devices like the Pebble smartwatch which can last around a week between charges,” Eaton writes. “It sounds even more odd when compared to more sports-orientated wearables which can go for very long periods between charges even though they’re more frequently in use.”
Eaton writes, “Here’s the thing: This whole debate is silly.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in September:
There is no panacea when it comes to batteries. Until the aliens bring us their technology, or fuel cells or something become viable, it’s likely we’ll be dealing with battery constraints for as long as we use batteries. So, expect at least a day’s worth of use. When you go to bed, you do what Rolex owners do with their auto watch winder cases or what most any other watch owner does: You take off your Apple Watch and put it in the same place every night and it’s ready for the next day when you awaken.
If fact, Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue reports, the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition “comes in a gorgeous jewelry box — which doubles as a charger. The back of the box has a Lightning connector, and the inside of the box has the watch’s magnetic round charger pad, standing vertically. So as you retire each night, you can just lay your gold watch into its case and let it charge.”
Expect battery life to be used against Apple, as if they should have access to their own special laws of physics, in FUD campaigns from outclassed rivals and the anti-Apple propaganda peddlers.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
Apple Watch’s A5-caliber CPU, iOS ‘SkiHill,’ Retina-class display, and Cupertino’s internal battery life targets – January 22, 2015
Tim Cook of Apple Watch battery life: ‘You’ll want to charge them every night’ – September 12, 2014