Apple Watch to Feature Time-Only 'Power Reserve' Mode, Prototypes Disguised as Samsung Watches

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With Apple's media event just a week away and the company expected to offer final details there on the Apple Watch ahead of its April debut, The New York Times has a new report out sharing a few new tidbits on the device.

    Among the interesting details is the existence of an unannounced "Power Reserve" mode for the watch that will display only the time and cut off all other functions as the battery begins to run critically low, preserving the most basic functionality of the watch. The report also notes that while the Apple Watch has been widely tested by Apple employees, the company did work to conceal many of those prototypes by disguising them to resemble Samsung smartwatches.

    Sources have also provided more context to a Wall Street Journal article from last month that discussed how many of the originally planned health features for Apple Watch were dropped due to consistency issues. According to The New York Times' sources, the decision to drop many of those features came more than 18 months ago, refuting off-target reports in recent weeks claiming the cuts have come at the last minute.
    Previous reports have indicated Apple is still working on those technologies, and they could appear in future versions of the Apple Watch.

    Today's report reveals some additional insight into the development process, noting that the Apple Watch is coming a bit later than originally hoped due to technical challenges that were likely exacerbated by the loss of several engineers working on the project. Google's Nest Labs, headed by iPod pioneer Tony Fadell, was responsible for poaching several of the key Apple Watch employees.

    Apple's media event will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The company will offer a live video stream of the event, and MacRumors will provide full coverage of the event.

    Article Link: Apple Watch to Feature Time-Only 'Power Reserve' Mode, Prototypes Disguised as Samsung Watches
  2. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    I'm hoping you can turn on the power save mode at anytime and it's not just for when the battery is at low.
  3. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    That's absolutely brilliant! None would suspect them doing that lol.
  4. adrianlealmtz macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2014
    Monterrey, Mexico
    The date is wrong

    It will be on March 9!! Not the 8!
  5. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    I own a version of just about every Apple product made the past 10 years.

    I fail to see a reason to own an Apple Watch. Hopefully they can convince me.
  6. Dargoth macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2014
    I wonder if that's wise though... Generating free mindshare for Samsung. :p
  7. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    That feature might make it more palatable to some of the on-the-fence buyers.

    I was never on the fence…I plan to totally indulge my old "first-out-the-gate" geekness.
  8. PJL500 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2011
    Ugly "clock" design

    'Hope it is not that clock in the pic. Those hands are awful.
  9. kpkp macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    An Apple employee wearing a Samsung watch? That is the definition of suspicious.
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    lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
  11. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
  12. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    Well this way, if an employee lost his/her pre-production model in a bar, it would just be thrown away because nobody wants a Samsung watch. Trying to prevent bar-gate/gizmodo-gate from happening again :rolleyes:


    I would hope that Power Reserve mode can be used all the time, or be switched on whenever needed, instead of when the battery is at a critical level.
  13. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Ooh, I like that power reserve mode. Wonder if it works like DND does on the phone?

    I love that they disguised them as Samsung watches. Classic.
  14. Cayden macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2014
    Seems like they couldn't get the desired battery life and this is their last ditch attempt to keep the watch on all day
  15. Dargoth macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2014
    Most likely this. All those sensors must have destroyed battery life.
  16. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
  17. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    How do you let employees like that go? What was Google offering that Apple couldn't?
  18. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    I'm in the same boat, however willing to be persuaded...
  19. thefourthpope macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2007
    I'm so torn. I definitely want one but can't figure if I'll go for first gen. The battery life doesn't strike meas that much of an issue, as long as it can make it through a waking day, say 12-14 hours of use. And this power save mode makes sense. Hopefully it's as easy to activate as "airplane mode" on the iPhone.
  20. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    Only Samsung's lawyers.
  21. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    Is "Power Reserve" mode the same mode that it defaults to when you just want a watch and don't have an iPhone?
  22. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    You forgot the image that goes with that comment:
  23. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I wonder how much it can do in the power reserve mode.

    Time only seems like such an arbitrary limit. Time only still involves running the screen, which, if I had to guess, is by far the biggest power consumer within the Apple Watch.

    As I recall, 80% of power on the iPhone is powered by the screen. After that, GPS is the next biggest consumer at 16%. Then cellular at 3%. Everything else is a rounding error (but of those rounding errors, Wifi is highest.)

    So after running the screen, the next most power intensive tasks are related to using radios, and the longer distance the signal has to travel, the more power it requires. Since the Apple Watch only uses NFC and Bluetooth for radios, I don't think either of those will be a major power draw. I feel like the Apple Watch will devote 95% of power to the screen, ~2% to each of those radios, and everything else will be a rounding error.

    Which means a power reserve mode, while making some slight sense on a phone (stretch the battery by 25% by turning off radios), it makes little sense on the Apple Watch (stretch the battery by 6% by turning off radios.)

    Maybe my memory of how much different components consume on the iPhone is wrong and someone can correct me. I seem to recall it being in the Stanford iOS Programming course, when talking about how to make your app consume as little power as possible (it boiled down to not having frivolous radio communication.)
  24. FelixAng macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2013
    Hong Kong
    ...well, this explains the surge in Samsung watch sales from a couple months ago. #
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    If you see an Apple employee leaving behind a Samsung-looking watch in a bar, grab it and run!

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