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Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge.

The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications while worn on the wrist. The smartwatch will not ping you for notifications without being in contact with skin so that the device is not disruptive at unnecessary times. Apple Watch will also stop delivering notifications when the battery reaches 10% or lower in an effort to conserve the remaining power.
"Here's a tidbit you might not know -- in order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on your wrist and locked. They require contact with your skin. There will be no in-app dropdown notifications or constant pinging while it's off your wrist. Push notifications also cease when the battery reaches 10 percent. Those decisions speak to the care with which Apple is handling notifications."
Apple continues to tweak Digital Crown on the Apple Watch, giving the button a "weightier, higher-end feel." Pressing and holding down the Digital Crown activates Siri, which the report claims works well and can be used for labeling, directions and commands using a paired iPhone. The goal of the Apple Watch, the report describes, is to return some of your attention away from your smartphone by allowing you to communicate from your wrist on the go.

While both reports this afternoon have provided a closer look at the Apple Watch, there are still several question marks surrounding the wrist-worn device. That will change in less than three days, when Apple provides more details about the Apple Watch at its highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco. The keynote begins on Monday at 10 AM Pacific and MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event.

Article Link: Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers Notifications While on the Wrist
 

Flow39

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2 hours charge time for 5 hours app usage time, that's pretty good! Especially on a small watch sized battery!
 
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happydude

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man, i really want to get one...but the only a day battery life is concerning. prob going to wait for real world users to report back on how battery actually plays out.
 
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joshlalonde

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Eh,
I think they shoulda thought of a better battery life solution. All-week battery life would have been nice... Heck, they coulda thought of something ingenious like "Shake to recharge it" or something like that..
 
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lewisd25

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I've never heard so much complaining in my life, and the product isn't even out yet.
 
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Flow39

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man, i really want to get one...but the only a day battery life is concerning. prob going to wait for real world users to report back on how battery actually plays out.

These pretty much are real world use numbers. These are people who have been using the watch for prototyping as far as I know.
 
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taptic

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That's not too bad...

I have a parrot spider drone that takes an hour and a half to charge for 9 minutes of flying time...
 
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joshlalonde

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I've never heard so much complaining in my life, and the product isn't even out yet.

lol, it's not complaining so much as... They're releasing a device where the battery life is already out-matched.
Come on, not everyone is going to blindly sing their tune.

Come on, there's no smiling about this. This is kinda bad.. >.>
 
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BigZ243

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man, i really want to get one...but the only a day battery life is concerning. prob going to wait for real world users to report back on how battery actually plays out.

The moto 360 gets all day battery, but not with heavy use, then it gets a couple hours. When you get home you put it on the charger, then use it the next day. I think after the initial few days of novelty wears off , it may last a couple days for some.
 
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Chrjy

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man, i really want to get one...but the only a day battery life is concerning. prob going to wait for real world users to report back on how battery actually plays out.

I don't think the battery life will be as much of a problem as people think. Perhaps in the first few days with the novelty factor but once it's used how it would on a normal daily basis it will be fine as long as you're happy to charge it over night.

It's not like you'll sit there playing Angry Birds on it! Most time will be just spent taking a quick glance at it when a notification comes through.
 
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NT1440

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I think they shoulda thought of a better battery life solution. All-week battery life would have been nice... Heck, they coulda thought of something ingenious like "Shake to recharge it" or something like that..

Kinetic recharging would take significant shaking to recharge, I don't think you want to look like your seizing for 30+ minutes.
 
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douglasf13

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As long as it makes it a full day with normal use, that's fine by me. Both my fitness band and my Pebble lasted several days on a charge...but I still charged them every single night. It's easier to keep track of a consistent charging schedule.
 
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hlfway2anywhere

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Eh,
I think they shoulda thought of a better battery life solution. All-week battery life would have been nice... Heck, they coulda thought of something ingenious like "Shake to recharge it" or something like that..

If only apple had the geniuses of MacRumors forum working for them instead of those silly engineers they have now. :rolleyes:
 
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Iconoclysm

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lol, it's not complaining so much as... They're releasing a device where the battery life is already out-matched.
Come on, not everyone is going to blindly sing their tune.

Come on, there's no smiling about this. This is kinda bad.. >.>

The battery life is not outmatched by any device with similar capabilities.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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That's not too bad...

I have a parrot spider drone that takes an hour and a half to charge for 9 minutes of flying time...

Flying takes a lot of energy. Let's see you use nothing but the energy in your body to fly. You're allowed to use whatever wingsuit or any other tools to help you, but all the energy causing you to rise from the ground has to come from your body.
 
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thekeyring

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As long as it really does get a day of use, that's fine. I don't think people will mind changing it over night, but people will mind getting to 6pm and thinking "I'd better go easy on using this, because otherwise the battery will die".
 
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extricated

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I’m usually pretty chill on the forums, but holy crap. Why do people freak out so much about the battery?
Yes, the watch will have a ton of apps and be capable of cool things, but it is not a gaming device, a phone, a tablet, or a desktop computer. It’s a watch! Five hours of “heavy use” is good for a product like this. Everything about this watch is to complement what we already do; to simplify things. If you have to respond in lengthy fashion to an email, you’ll go ahead and take out your phone or use the computer. If you need more than a “yes”, “no”, or “maybe” on a text, you’ll likely pull out the phone. Let’s not even get started on movies and games (which I’ve heard people mention).

I’m totally cool with charging nightly. If it was 3 or 5 days, I’d probably forget what day it was or not pay attention to my battery. As it is, it looks to be a very simple matter of routine charging versus a sporadic every third day charge.
 
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