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The Information is out with a new scoop this afternoon, offering up some last-minute details on the so-called iWatch. Most of the report corroborates previous chatter, regarding what the device will look like and do, but it does bring a new topic to light: battery life.

According to the site’s Jessica Lessin, people with knowledge of the project have set low expectations for the iWatch’s battery life. These sources say that the uptime on the wearable will be “disappointing,” although Lessin does say that Apple could be sandbagging.

The reporter goes on to reiterate previous claims. She expects the iWatch to feature voice-enabled controls, mobile payment capabilities, and health monitoring. She also believes that although Apple will unveil the device next week, it won’t be shipping until next year.

Battery life has been a major problem for smartwatches thus far—particularly those with color screens. The Pebble, for example, with its e-paper display, can last between 5-7 days, while Motorola’s newly-launched Moto 360 with color display won’t last for 24 hours.

Apple certainly has the ability to surprise here. It’s been rumored that the iWatch could feature an OLED display, which uses far less power than LCD panels, and don’t forget that it recently acquired LuxVue, a company that specializes in low-power micro-LED displays.

[The Information via AppleInsider]

  • Brian M (@tech4789)

    I think that as long as the device will hold a charge for ~18 hours, that’d be sufficient. But, more is always better 😛

  • Chang in Charge

    If the price is high and battery life is low count me out. After buying the iPhone 6 at full price I’m not going to buy another device that is expensive and also doesn’t hold a charge as long as I would like it to.

    • Rowan09

      These color smart watches seem to have horrible battery life, but we’ll see.

      • Chang in Charge

        We shall see

      • Manuel Molina

        Smart watches still make zero sense to me as a whole, but I’m sure for 400 dollars or 200, people will make zero use of it and say “hey, look what I got”.

        All that money can go to a phone.

      • Rowan09

        I bought the Pebble and it’s very useful for exercising, just to take a quick glance at your watch instead of the phone.

      • @dongiuj

        Don’t lie, you don’t exercise.

      • Rowan09

        Funny. I’m training for the fire department in NY (FDNY), so I have to exercise.

      • @dongiuj

        Good man

      • Manuel Molina

        For me personally, I would have gone with a Nike band or something cheaper and gets the same results. That’s my opinion though. If the Pebble works for you, than I can’t say neither right or wrong of it on your end.

      • Rowan09

        I have a fuelband and it’s not the same thing as a smart watch. I have the first gen, so I don’t know what added features the SE has. Smart watches are for certain people not everyone, just like some people don’t wear watches at all. If the iWatch (or what ever it’s called) is expensive and looks good, I might get it since I love watches.

      • Manuel Molina

        I love watches myself, but I feel that these smart watches are fad in my opinion. But totally understand if it works for people. Sometimes it seems like a better go for others.

  • Melvco

    What an odd report, 3 days before the event. Since this is Jessica Lessin, former Wall Street Journal royalty, this smells a lot like a controlled leak straight from Apple PR.

    What is ‘disappointing’ battery life to them, then? 1 day? 2 days? 3-5 days? I’m just hoping that if battery life does come up short, the wireless charging will be quick and painless.

    • Warmachine69

      I hope the battery life will be the as the pebble wireless charging and everything

      • Warmachine69

        Magnetic **

      • Rowan09

        The Pebble is not in color, so I don’t think it will have the same battery life.

      • Warmachine69

        True

    • Manuel Molina

      This is if people get a watch at all and also includes wireless charging. Nice if these watches were solar powered to charge up. You hit a button on your watch, then it would start charging to give you your own control on when or if you want it to charge. That, to me, would justify a 400 purchase.

      • Rowan09

        They tried solar but it’s didn’t work out and kinetic chargers don’t generate enough electricity for each stride we take. If they have a magnetic charger I would he satisfied. We don’t know anything about the watch yet, so we can’t say $400 is too much or cheap.

  • Brian 

    What if Apple is releasing these rumors on the low to completely blow our minds next week? 🙂 just as they delivered on WWDC.

  • I don’t think battery life is really an issue with a smart watch as long as it’ll last the entire day and evening it can charge overnight which is probably the intended usage of the Moto 360 since it turns into a big alarm clock:

    • Steven Honey

      Wouldn’t it still be a nice alarm clock on your wrist. It could vibrate to wake you. No, that would make it too easy to hit snooze. Lol.

  • I’m still in on a watch but if it’s 400 I can’t possibly afford that and the iphone 6. So that would take me out of it. Now if it’s 250 I could probably do it. Really it comes to price for me. Battery life isn’t terrible as long as I can get 3 days out of it.

    • lemonhead

      oh dude, we’re talking here about less than a day of battery life and max of two days hahaha

  • therealjjohnson

    If the iWatch costs too much, or doesn’t live up to my expectations, ilk just get a nike fuel band. Pi don’t need it to do that much anyway. I do have a phone already.

  • Andres

    At least a 2 day battery. And a charging dock would be nice

  • Donovan

    It’ll go from 100 to 0 real quick

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Am I the only that thinks that Apple may keep their battery life short, just so they have one more thing to show at their next event?

    • Kurt

      Then they can tout the numbers. “The new iWatch has 30% more battery life.”

  • Am I only person that thinks having apps on a watch is stupid and useless?