For its upcoming Watch, Apple is shooting for somewhere between 2.5 and 4 hours of active use and 19 hours of passive use, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The site says sources with knowledge of the project have offered up new details regarding the wearable’s battery life.

Battery life was one of the many things left out of the initial Apple Watch unveiling last September, but Tim Cook has since said that the device will need to be “charged every night.” The vague explanation has left many users wondering how long the Watch will last in the real world.

9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman says that Apple is aiming for 2 and half hours of “heavy” gameplay or app use, 3.5 hours of standard app use, and 4 hours of fitness tracking. Other interesting battery life goals mentioned include 3 hours of always-on watch mode, and up to 4 days of standby.

The reason for these seemingly low numbers lies within the hardware. Gurman says the S1 chip inside the Apple Watch offers A5-like performance, and its high quality display can refresh at 60 frames per second. These things combined with the various sensors severely drain the battery.

Announced last year, the Apple Watch is expected to launch in March with a starting price of $349. It will be compatible with the iPhone 5 and all newer iOS devices, communicating with them via a built-in Companion application, revealed in the latest developer release of iOS 8.2.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Wow thats pretty low. As a guy who has an iphone, ipad and a Mac, I think I’ll skip this years iteration. Version 2 will probably be a huge leap!

    • Antzboogie

      Yeah I agree the battery life is awful are you serious? The Galaxy Gear’s battery is amazing and lasts me almost three days on one charge. I know it’s Samsung but they have the watch figured out. I have an iPhone 6 Plus and I would’ve really liked for it to keep up with my iPhone.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Does the Gear work with the iPhone at all or do you have it for other purposes?

      • Antzboogie

        Yeah it works with the iPhone to pick up calls. I can talk through the Gear if it’s connected through Bluetooth to my iPhone. I can also listen music to it and add custom wallpaper. The watch has a speaker and can connect to wireless headphones. Notifications and apps don’t work.

      • Dan

        that’s pretty cool, would of assumed that it was not compatible

      • BozzyB

        Yeah but it’s just acting like a normal bluetooth device. The notification mirrowing is the interesting part of smartwatches…

      • sflomenb

        The iPhone 6 Plus also has a much larger battery.

      • iPhoneWINS

        I love my 6 plus… mmm i want watch plus

  • Sokrates

    That’s way too little. Steve would not have brought such a product on the market. It’s 2015 and it seems that with the Apple watch we’re still fighting against gimmicks we had 5-7 years ago.

    • gary

      Please share all of the plans that “Steve” shared with you before his death. How could you possibly know what “Steve” would or would have not brought to market? The “Steve Jobs” excuses and assumptions are just a way to try to make Tim Cook look bad.

      • Sokrates

        I’m not trying to make Tim Cook look bad at all. He’s a more of e generalist type of CEO – pushing Apple forward as an organization. Steve Jobs was all about the products, and deeply involved in the development as well. We all know how high standards Steve had – thus I assume: he wouldn’t have let this come through, unless he had a really really good reason how the Apple watch creates value for the customer. But at the moment, I can’t see that reason.

      • gary

        Of course you can’t see that reason. You’re not Steve Jobs.

      • Steve Jobs

        He’s right, Gary. I wouldn’t have let it through. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

    • Kaptivator

      Face it…Steve is dead. So, unless you talk or have some type of communication to the dead, stop speaking of what Steve would or wouldn’t do. Its old, really old.

      • The Insert_Steve_Jobs_Comment_Here are indeed old but in this particular case he’s right. Would you buy a clock to put on your wall that only lasts 4 hours? Of course not and the same goes for the Apple Watch. Okay I’m not expecting it to last 24 hours but would expect at least a minimum of 12 hours battery life…

      • BoardDWorld

        It’s a strong point that should be said. So far as an avid non bias Apple user since 2008, I’m very disappointed in where Apple’s going since the loss of Steve. So many moves I just don’t understand. Beats, why couldn’t they make good Apple headphones of their own? Xiaomi and their Pistons cost USD25 and rival everything up to USD100. They didn’t need to spend 2.6 Billion for a name known to be questionable quality at the excessive price points. I doubt Beats streaming is going anywhere, does anyone use it? Spotify is exceptional. iOS8 is as bad as early Android flavours with wonky screen rotates, crashing galore and many other inconsistencies. WIFI is just a pain in the bum since 10.10 on Mac Air. The iPhone 6 camera is just butt ugly, equally as much as the bands. Compare the new Xiaomi Note which is thinner, has curved glass front and back with a Sony 13mp OIS camera without the bump. Every single spec even on the basic model blows the 6 Plus out of the water. All at 50% the cost.

  • whodakat

    I do wish it was better, but I’m still getting one! Version 2 will of course be better but for $350 I’ll take my chances. I do have to question if the screen needs to be refreshed at 60 fps. Does the processor need to be that heavy duty? I’d rather see them sacrifice some processor power for battery life.

    • Jonathan

      They already did. Some of the graphics and animations are rendered on the iPhone and then sent to the Watch.

      • Jeffrey

        He means to really downgrade the processor, like putting an Apple A4 chip inside of it instead of an Apple A5 chip (just to compare, I know these chips aren’t the real chips used in the Apple Watch).

  • Chindavon

    “sources say”, a guy who knows a guy, that’s roommates with the friend’s sisters boyfriend says…

    • Yujin

      Says that he heard someone that know someone that was dating someone at Apple who passes by the hallway where the I watch is made.

  • Stefano

    I’m sorry but that’s absolutly disgraceful! I’m in the gym between 1.5 to 3 hours. Let’s not even speak any further about daily use, passive use, and toying with it.

    • Viktor_Zweig

      WTF are you doing in the gym for 3 hours, dude?!? o__O

      • Jeffrey

        Probably gaming, reading books, eating chocolate and stuff…

      • Stefano

        i spend a minimum of half hour on treadmill and then hit the weights

      • Kr00

        Looking in the mirrors.

      • Stefano

        Absolutly not LOL I’m not one of those dilweeds

    • Dan

      3 hours is crazy man. A good weightlifting workout usually lasts 1 hour max. If you’re doing 2 hours cardio that pretty much goes against the lifting you did before (or after).

      • Stefano

        I train with a friend. We are on average in there for 2.5 hours but we have been in longer. Every day we do abs and calfs. Three times a week biceps, and cycle other muscles. Mainly rest on Sunday or another day of something comes up during the week. It’s not really long at all.

  • IlIl

    Battery life, the one thing modern devices can’t seem to solve. When will be able to buy devices(wearable or handheld) that truly last all day usage. 🙁

    • nonchalont

      jealous of my old flip phone lasting a whole week.

      • Kaptivator

        I miss those days!

    • hello

      gear 2 lasts 3+ days and does everything the apple watch does and more.

  • Merman123

    If this is true, count me out on this 1st gen 🙁

  • diggitydang

    So I guess mophie has something to build then – the forearm-band, backup battery pack… Hahahaha… I wouldn’t have minded charging every night, but it’s brutal if you can only get through the day if, you know, you don’t use it for anything except telling the time…

  • Jon20

    I agree that the 2nd Gen will be better and that the current expected battery life is low but how much are you going to physically interact with the device versus standby time. It’s not like you’re going to check your Twitter or FB feed on it as much as you do on your iPhones. It’s a small screen. And unless you have every notification possible pushing to the watch on an hourly basis it should last throughout the day. Don’t get me wrong, more time is better but for a 1st Gen what can you expect.

    • 空白

      What’s the real point of buying it then?

      • Fanboy 

        To do what’s it meant for. Viewing all your notifications on your wrist, responding to your texts and such, occasionally checking your email. It’s not meant to always be on and in use like your phone. If you want to be checking your IG and Twitter feed and playing games you’re better off taking out your iPhone anyway.

      • jake kneller

        Some people have notifications comeing in and out all day requireing frequent use and lengthy replies and do remember after a month or two 4 hours turns into 3 and 19 to 18

      • Jon20


      • 空白

        Also true. $349 is a hefty price for occasion in my opinion.

      • Jon20

        It’s an assisstive device, not a primary. Hence why you have to have the iPhone with you in order to use certain features. If you use every feature on it 100% of the time throughout the day that battery is going to go very quickly. Some people will buy it because they want that hands-free feature all of the time. Others may just need it for part of the time. It all depends on the user.

      • 空白

        Quite true.

  • Chang in Charge

    I don’t believe this at all, guaranteed they are putting these rumors out there setting the bar low then come in with battery numbers that are definitely higher.

  • Fanboy 

    Here’s the thing about battery life: There is no secret battery tech.
    It’s all about the physical capacity of the battery, and from there its about the software optimization and the kind of hardware/s draining juice from the battery. Apple chose to go with an extremely high quality display, new unheard of tech (force touch), multiple sensors, a feature-rich software, etc. Think about the size of the watch and imagine what small battery they crammed into there and now imagine that is has to power all of these things! Give Apple a little credit.

    • iPhoneWINS

      a retina quality display is essential for this “watch” to stand out… maybe they should have added genetic and solar charging mechanisms too?

  • 5ingularity

    So there are 24hrs in a day, and the watch lasts 19hours max….

    • Kr00

      So you wear a watch for 24 hours?

      • Rob Bricknell

        I wear my watch 24/7 isn’t that what they are for? so u can see the time whenever, not just for 4 hours of the day? ok bit of a lie, I take it off for an hour a week to charge it, Its a pebble watch BTW, and does all i need a watch to do and more.

      • iPhoneWINS

        Watch should not be called a watch if it does not last and function like a traditional watch… maybe “iWrist communicator”

  • ck125

    $350 for a device that only lasts 2-3 hours when actually being used? No thanks I’ll wait for version 2/3

  • Tim

    Haha this is a joke

  • czbird

    Shed light? I’d say cast shadow in this case 🙂


    I think the battery life is terrible! How can someone pay the price of $350.00 for a 3-4 hour life spand. It’s gonna be a complete fail in my book but that’s just my opinion. I sure as hell can spend that money on a brand new iPhone 6 plus that has a awesome battery! Don’t see this as a winner in my book but who am I to judge. I think people will just buy the watch to show off. Lol. Oh well, good luck with that Apple.

  • iViperzLTD

    I was genuinely going to go for the sports model and try it out. After this I’ll probably opt out from getting it. It’ll die before my regular activities are over…

  • jack

    the mobile tech world is pretty much on hold waiting for someone to develop a real breakthrough battery. until this day comes, we’re clowns that worry about battery life all day long.

    • iPhoneWINS

      You are right… it is do that battery tech is laying so far behind the processors and screens of today though

  • iPhoneWINS

    Definitely will wait for apple watch V2… This first one seems more like a prototype test model for something great that will come next gen

  • Wow that is nothing I might as well wait until they fix the battery problem

  • Johannes Mertens

    Its About 4 hours of active usage. Why doesn’t anyone get this ? If you don’t activly use it for 1/3 of your 12 hour day, you’re gonna have day long battery life.

    • ck125

      Because some people want it to be like a watch and display the time all the time. Android watches can last all day doing this….. There no excuse for a product to launch with soup has low battery life, but then again it’s version 1, so let’s let all the beta testers waste money so they can work things out for version 2.

  • Tiago Torre

    Well, maybe I’ll stick to my Pebble Steel then..At least on this one I get several days of usage…And who wants to do heavy gaming on their smartwatches anyway?