Apple maker of the iPhone, iPad and other generation defining digital accessories wowed the world this morning when it revealed the Apple Watch. Right now, users are all clamoring to learn what they can about the Apple Watch’s different apps, and designs. Apple has been straight forward with all the information potential buyers might want. Except, one thing, we don’t yet know how long the Apple Watch battery will last and that could mean big trouble.
Where the trouble truly lies in not having the Apple Watch battery figures just yet pertains to what Apple hopes the world uses the Apple Watch for. Despite a heavy list of cool-to-have extras, the Apple Watch was clearly designed to be an advocate for personal health.
Hardware wise the Apple Watch has sensors that monitor wearer’s heart beat and blood pressure. Two Apps, Activity and Workout, use sensors inside the Apple Watch itself and those of a companion iPhone to gather all the information users need to make healthy decisions about exercising decisions and staying active. On the surface, one of the biggest reasons health nuts would get an Apple Watch, presumably, would be so that they can monitor their sleep patterns. After all, healthy sleep patterns set users up for the rest of the day. Being able to monitor sleep is crucial to any smartwatch aimed at the fitness category. It’s one of the reasons basic fitness bands like the Nike+ Fuelband have sold so well.
Therefore, it’s very interesting that Apple didn’t want to, or wasn’t ready to share Apple Watch battery life with those in the audience and more around the world considering picking up the device when it arrives on store shelves next year. Apple Watch battery life that is measured in half a day instead of a solid day could mean bad things for sleep monitoring.
Say an iPhone 6 user fully charged their Apple Watch but Apple Watch battery life didn’t go beyond the end of their work day. That’d be great for users who only want to reply to messages or check email from the device, but it would be terrible for fitness fans because they’d need to charge their Apple Watch again before being able to track their sleeping patterns at night. Apple Watch battery life measured in hours would also mean that Apple Watch buyers would need to charge again before they head off to work.
In short, terrible Apple Watch battery life could make the device a non-starter, another expensive kick-knack in a sea of other expensive wearable devices all trying but failing to deliver on a cohesive experience. Terrible Apple Watch battery life could wreck other things potential buyers have their hearts set on. Imagine trying to use the device’s Apple Pay functionality but the device dies before the end of the day, ruining your Starbucks run? Imagine missing out on someone sending out vibrations using the Heartbeat app because yours has died.
Presumably, Apple will have more to share about Apple Watch battery life after the winter holidays. to be fair, It makes sense that the company is remaining vague about Apple Watch battery life today if the device is still months away. Still, in a perfect world the company would reveal the Apple Watch battery details long before then and provide all users with the information they need to know.
We do know that the Apple Watch will come in three different versions when it arrives on store shelves in “Early 2015” and that users will be able to switch the bands of their Apple Watch for different styles. We also know that Apple plans to allow third-party app makers to create their own experiences for apple Watch. No matter how long the Apple Watch lasts between a charges, versions will start at $349.99. The Apple Watch will work with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.