Apple Watch Cult of Mac 001

The New York Times reports the Apple Watch will feature “Power Reserve” functionality, in order to stretch the wearable’s battery longer and make for less frequent charging.

Apple has said the watch battery is estimated to last a full day, requiring a user to charge it at night, similar to a smartphone. The low-power mode will display the time only, the report says, and will be able to do so on even very little battery.

The “Power Reserve” mode sounds like it essentially cuts off all functionality of the Apple Watch, including syncing with the iPhone for notifications and data, and serves up the most important functionality of a watch, instead.

The rest of the New York Times’ report details how Apple plans to get people to buy into yet another product category that it hopes to dominate. One other interesting anecdote: apparently Apple disguised the Apple Watch as a Samsung watch during testing before it was announced to the public.

Apple sent an invitation to members of the media last week for a March 9 media event, where the company is expected to unveil more details of its new wearable.

Source: New York Times

  • Merman123

    So if it cuts off everything , what’s the point? Just to be able to tell time until you get home …? :/

    • Ethan Humphrey

      I have had this problem with my pebble many times. If it dies, I have no way to check the time with my watch (which is what a watch is meant for). This way, if it’s low on battery, let’s say at max 30 min, then it will go on for a couple of hours longer with just the time. I think this is brilliant.

      • Merman123

        I guess… I’ve never had that problem with my Pebble. Or maybe I have but never thought it was a huge deal.

      • George

        Lol there is nothing brilliant about a smartwatch only telling time. Use your phone for that.

      • Ethan Humphrey

        Still saves time and battery. There is no point to a watch that does not tell time. Most watches can tell the time for years without a change of battery. If this works for the whole day and then tells the time for the last hour or so Im fine

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    • Steven Code

      It’s a watch….

  • Tyler Smith

    could be useful for when the phone isnt in your pocket. Like when you are at work and your phone is on your desk or you are sitting at your mac so (most) notifications go to your mac so getting it on your mac and watch would be pointless. if they made it such thing as a switch on the watch (similar to the silent switch on iPhone) then it would be very good. or when you are driving and your phone doesn’t need to be used.

    • Merman123

      I’m sure there would be a “do not disturb” mode type of setting on the watch for these types of scenarios.

      • Tyler Smith

        exactly. so why take away the functionality of seeing the time on the watch. just put it in power save mode.

  • n0ahcruz3

    No MWC coverage iDB? I know its Apple centric site but, u have to acknowledge the competition right? 😉

    • Tyler Smith


      • n0ahcruz3

        They did lol

      • Tyler Smith

        it was more of a joke lol

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yeah I figured lol

  • Don’t worry; Apple Watch version 3 will have a completly new kind of battery

  • Dante Arellano

    8 hrs of life apple really? This thing can be the bad apple

  • patmack

    My Gear 2 goes 2-3 days between charges.

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  • Chuck Finley

    Pretty certain the battery only lasts a day if you do literally nothing with it.

    Latest reports suggest 2.5 – 4 hours battery life with actual app use.