Amazing battery life after software update

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Rogifan, May 16, 2017.

  1. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I have a 38mm Watch. I updated to the latest software and battery life is amazing. Been wearing the watch for 8 hours and battery is at 93%. I think previously when I'd get home from work the battery would be maybe 70-75%. I'm going to use it at the gym tomorrow I'll be curious to see if anything changes there. How great would it be to be able to use it at the gym and wear it all day/evening without having to charge in between.
     
  2. Relentless Power, May 16, 2017
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    I'm not sure what the OS update rectified or tweaked, but I have observed improvements as well with the 42 MM models I own. It's early to tell exactly how much of an improvement, but I do see increased battery life.

    I think this is a positive reflection for first Gen owners leading into watchOS 4, which we will see during WWDC.
     
  3. Truckondo macrumors member

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    Same results here. 42mm Series 2. I'm at 89% and took it off the charger about 13 hours ago.
     
  4. jasonklee macrumors 6502a

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    Curious about your settings—brightness, Siri, haptic strength, etc.
     
  5. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

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    Why is people so fixating on the battery, it last all day (S2), that's it, I run 5k, listen to music on bluetooth, receive multiple notifications all day long, at 11pm the AW has at least 40-50 percent, I just wish the iPhone could do the same.

    What else do you need, by today standards that's more than enough, now people want the battery to lasts 2 days, come on!!!!
     
  6. Relentless Power, May 17, 2017
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    You seem to be not taking everything into consideration. The update isn't just about Series 2. It prolonged the battery life on the first Generation Apple Watch as well. These are where some of the more relevant results are coming from with the latest OS update.

    Each update seems to be improving the first Generation Watch battery life, which seemingly is the point behind this thread.
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I've got a first gen....
     
  8. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't matter, OP said that previous to the update after 8 hours he would have 70-75%, what else do you want?

    After 16 hours it would probably be left with 30%, it lasts all day.

    How hard can it be to charge the watch every single day, I would understand the complains if it didn't last at least 8 hours.
     
  9. Relentless Power, May 17, 2017
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    Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    You seem to be making this a lot more difficult than what this thread is intended for. And Why do you keep referring to "What else do you want?" Nobody wants anything, they're clearly stating the battery differences after the latest watchOS update.

    The point is, the software update has improved the battery life for the first generation Apple Watch users.

    Yes, we understand the Apple Watch needs to be charged typically on a daily basis. But the point is, if the battery life has improved after the latest OS update, that's an added benefit for somebody that is not near the charger or has the Ability to charge. The whole point of thread is indicating improved battery life due to the update.
     
  10. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    I'm with you - nobody seemed to be yelling in here before this guy ;-)

    I love the battery in my S2 and still get impressed, but have just returned from a European road trip from Copenhagen to Paris a couple of weeks ago, and if I take it off in the morning - have a one-nighter at a hotel and continue the next morning it would be pretty neat not to be forced to pack the watch charger (my phone charges in the car)... But I'm still just short of making it two full days
     
  11. FrisbeeK9, May 17, 2017
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    FrisbeeK9 macrumors 6502a

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    I put my watch one this morning at 0500 (5Am) it's now 2215 (10:15) and I used 34% leaving 66%. Full brightness, full haptic, open Apps In Dock. No run or walk just normal usage. At 1100 this morning the watch was still at 99%.  watch 2.
     
  12. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Now if they could just let us have Always On, even only while working out will do.
     
  13. Julien macrumors G3

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    I'm always a little leery of Battery threads made right after an update since is very anecdotal and not objectively verifiable. So my anecdotal feeling is a slight increase in normal use. However when using the Workout app it seems like it might be using more battery life.
     
  14. abdulkar.im macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I took my S2 watch from charging at 08:00 yesterday morning and when I got home at 18:00 my watch had 98% left. To be fair I didn't have a workout, but had a few notifications during the day.
     
  15. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Listen, I've got a first gen watch. I love everything about it, I wasn't inferring that my watch needs better battery life to become any more useful to me. That said, I stick mine on the charger for 20 minutes after work to boost up to around 75% before I go for a 2+ hour bike ride so if the battery life is as dramatically improved as the OP states that minor inconvenience would be eliminated.

    Nothing about my tiny post was meant to be confrontational with you, and I agree with your sentiments entirely.
     
  16. Thai, May 18, 2017
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    For my 1st gen AW 42mm SS, i see significant battery improvement compared to previous versions...i am now back to the normal level...probably as good as when i bought it new almost 2 yrs ago.
     
  17. Cogsworth macrumors 6502

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    This is interesting. I don't really keep track of the battery life on my Series 0 as it goes on the charger every night, and it's never dead by the time I get home. However, it wouldn't surprise me if there was a tweak in this release. A few weeks ago I was working with Apple support on a totally unrelated issue (apps crashing) and the first thing the support guy did was ask me a series of questions about battery life and charging. He said it was something that Engineering was working on and they were having all the support techs go through this survey with Apple Watch owners. They might have been working on the tweak.
     
  18. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

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    Like I said before, I don't really care if I charge my Apple Watch 42 mm Series 2 every night, at long as it last all day, but I've got to say, the update is really impressive.

    I disconnect the AW around 10 am, after 4 or 5 hours still said 100%, I thought there was something wrong with it but no, it showed 99% around 6 pm, by 8 pm it had 97%, that's when I went for a run and had my Powerbeats 2 connected and play some music for about 40 minutes while running, by 11:59 pm it had 72%, the workout took a lot of battery, Sunday I will test the battery life without working out, so, I'm pretty sure at this rate it will last until Friday night, not sure if it will make it until Saturday night but will see. (Also, today I didn't get as many WhatsApp notifications, might be a factor).

    This was interesting to me because if Apple can keep on getting better battery life and then physically put a better one on the "Series 3", it could last a whole week, now that would be awesome, one charge a week.

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  19. Relentless Power, May 18, 2017
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    In my opinion, regarding a lot of the readings and discussions on the Apple Watch forum, I would say one indicator of many they could contribute to battery consumption on the Apple Watch, are third-party applications. Reason being is there not fully optimized for the Watch and tend to drain the battery and cause technical issues for the Apple Watch to crash/reboot.

    For Example, one forum member downloaded some third-party applications and his Apple Watch was crashing repeatedly on a weekly basis. He was able to narrow down that it was an MLB baseball app that was draining his battery and causing his Apple Watch to crash. Apple had him uninstall all his apps one by one to narrow down the issue and once that application was uninstalled, the watch was restored back to normal functionality.

    So I caution those who download third-party applications to monitor the battery and on performance the Apple Watch, which sometimes can be problematic.
     
  20. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    I have had the new update a few days now and don't see any significant difference. I've been using it quite a lot (no workouts though this week - resting before marathon this Sunday) but have still tracked walks and such and go from 7AM to around 11PM and close off with around 50% battery - I think it's around the same though
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Good luck with the Marathon you have been training for. Curious to know how it goes.
     
  22. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    Thanks man - have done a few but my latest didn't go well (way too many energy-gels and a hot day) so I need to get past that point :)

    I'm actually looking forward to try a marathon with the AW - have been training with it for the first time for a marathon during this period and it's been amazing so far. Battery shouldn't be a problem as long as I have my phone on me I suppose (have it on me for Find-my-friends for the wife and music)
     
  23. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

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    I think I spoke too soon, if anything this is a weird update, took off my AW 11:59pm last night, left it in the kitchen, check the battery and it has 59%, that's 13% less in stand by for 9 hours, but yesterday it showed 100% for more than 7 hours while in use.

    Doesn't seem an accurate usage, I much rather see it drop 1-2% each hour than showing 100% for 7 hours straight.



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  24. LordQ Suspended

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    Yes, they did it again, 4 hours wearing the Watch and still have 100% battery!
     
  25. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    I'm having the exact opposite problem with two of my three watches (haven't tested my Space Black one yet). Both my S2 Stainless Steel and my S0 Stainless Steel's battery life has TANKED. I don't know if it's an app issue, or what...but I was down to 11% by the end of the day yesterday (usually at about 67%) and then my S0, which is what I wear overnight, I normally wake up with at least 70% battery and this morning it was down to 15%.

    Tonight I guess I will spend resetting and re-pairing.
     

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