Apple Watch 2 Gps and compass question

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by chiefs1968, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. chiefs1968 macrumors member

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    With the new Apple Watch 2 coming out does anyone think it's capable of replacing my Garmin Fenix 3 as an outdoor watch (Hiking etc etc.) I am basically looking at the possibility that the new apple watch might have a compass and other Gps options. Basically my Garmin Fenix 3 is bulky and would love to replace it with the new apple watch 2.
     
  2. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    No chance, unless by "hike" you mean a short walk somewhere.

    The longer answer is that the battery life of the AW would likely be very short while in GPS mode. Looking at Garmin's watches for reference, they last about 1/20 of their smartwatch battery life while in GPS tracking mode. Garmin has an ultratrack mode that extends battery life to 1/10 of its smartwatch mode. So, let's say that Apple puts a bigger battery in the AW2 and cleans up the OS so it could get 2 days (48 hours) of smartwatch battery life. That means it could only support GPS mode for 3 to 5 hours. There is no universe where I would take a watch on a hike that could track me for 3-5 hours, unless I was walking in my neighborhood.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    It's difficult to say. The Garmin is fairly accurate. But I think it's safe to say we will know more in three days.
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    So far there has been no rumors of it containing a Hall Effect chip. It may happen but space is limited.
     

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