Using the Apple Watch While It's Dead

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Phightinphils, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. Phightinphils macrumors 6502

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    Heard a great question from someone today. Will the Apple Watch have a standby mode when it dies? Will you still be able to tell the time, and only the time, while the battery is dead? I can see it being frustrating if not.
     
  2. kxxxxxxxx macrumors newbie

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    http://www.apple.com/watch/battery.html

    Power Reserve
    Up to 72 hours

    If your battery gets too low, Apple Watch automatically switches into Power Reserve mode so you can continue to see the time for up to 72 hours. Testing conducted by Apple in March 2015 using preproduction Apple Watch and software with 4 time checks (4 seconds each) per hour. Battery life varies by use, configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.
     
  3. Piggie macrumors 604

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    It would be nice, and I hope you can switch it into power reserve mode manually.

    If you just wanted to wear it for a few days, away from home (camping?) it would nice to lock it into "time only" mode to make it last if you simply wished to wear it and use it as a time keeping device, and it not fire up/wake up into any other mode.

    Some many be happy just wearing it and having it in that state.
     
  4. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    If you watch one of the many videos they show you a menu that lets you force your watch into that mode, so yes you can do that.
     
  5. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    You can.

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  6. Piggie macrumors 604

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  7. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder what the 72 hours means.

    Does it mean when the ~18 hours of usage runs out and 'dies', the device will shut off functions and continue telling time for an additional 72 hours?

    Or is it 72 hours, full charged running immediately in power reserve.
     
  8. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    The way I interpret it, it's 18 hours full functionality with all the stuff listed in the battery test (IE, workout, music over bluetooth, app use and checking the time every 12 minutes and so on, which is probably more hardcore useage than most would demand of their watch, I would think), then 72 hours of power reserve on top of that.

    Wouldn't make much sense to brag about 72 hours power reserve if it meant turning off all the stuff that makes an apple watch worth having... :p
     
  9. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    Yep - that's what Apple writes on the website too:

    That's pretty awesome!
     
  10. soya macrumors 6502

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    Interesting. I thought Power Reserve would last way less than that! :)
     

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