The Apple Watch was announced last month, and while Apple teased many details about the new wearable, there were still some details that the company left out, such as Apple Watch battery life.
During the WSJ.D Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook briefly spoke about Apple Watch battery life and noted that users will probably have to charge it up every day.
Cook didn’t say exactly what the battery life is on the Apple Watch, saying that engineers and various testers are still determining and examining how people will use it, but it seems Cook is confident enough that users will have to recharge it every day.
However, Cook’s wording deems that as not being an entirely bad thing:
You’re going to wind up charging it daily.”
By this, Cook means that you’ll love using the Apple Watch so much that you’ll end up using it a lot, and because of that, the battery will drain quicker. Of course, we’re guessing that the less you use it, the longer the battery will last, so we wouldn’t be surprised if some users are able to get the Apple Watch to last a couple of days.
Battery life has been one thing we’ve been wanting to know about the Apple Watch for a while, and it seems Cook’s words has given us a lot of what we’ve been wanting to know. Luckily, the smartwatch will come with a MagSafe wireless charger that uses inductive charging, so no need to physically plug something in, which is really nice, especially for a watch that you’ll most likely have to charge every day.
We’re still waiting on a handful of new details about the Apple Watch, but it’s rumored that the wearable will be released in February, so we should be hearing a lot more details then. Apple is usually known for launching big new products ahead of an upcoming shopping season, but the Apple Watch will be an exception, releasing at some point early next year. Valentine’s Day would be the only other shopping season alternatives, but if these new reports are correct, Apple won’t even have its watch out by then.
The Apple Watch will start at a steep $349 and will come in three different styles: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. There are still quite a few details about the device that we don’t know about yet, including the release date. Also, no word on battery life or connectivity options, which is a bit odd, but we’re guessing we’ll hear about that soon enough, possibly at Apple’s iPad event next month.
While the company has taken the “i” prefix out of the name, that doesn’t mean it loses its Apple value. The device’s design is very similar to that of Apple’s other iOS products, and it even runs a modified version of iOS.
However, Cook has said that the company didn’t just shrink down the iPhone’s user interface and strap it to your wrist. Instead, the touchscreen UI is much different on the Watch than on an iPhone.
For example, instead of using pinch-to-zoom on the tiny touchscreen on the Watch, you use a small dial that you turn in order to zoom in and out while viewing maps or otherwise. Pressing the dial, which Apple calls the “digital crown,” will take you back to the home screen.
The touch screen is a rather unique one. For starters, it uses sapphire glass, which was rumored in the past of course, but the display also senses pressure, which means that it can tell the difference between a “tap” and a “press,” and it’s essentially like the difference between a left-click and right-click on a computer mouse.