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Apple has managed to improve the battery life of the Apple Watch to support 5 hours of heavy application use, reports 9to5Mac. Ahead of Monday’s event, the site has heard this and other previously unknown details from sources who have hands-on experience with the wearable.

The improvement in battery life should ensure that the Watch will last a full day with mixed heavy and passive use. However, the site makes it clear that users will still need to charge the device every night, as the battery is not strong enough to last a full second day without renewal.

Speaking of battery, the rumored Power Reserve Mode is also detailed in the report. The feature noticeably dims the display, slows down communication with the iPhone, quickly puts the display to sleep after inactivity, and can apparently be accessed even if the battery is fully charged.

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The Mode can be accessed from the Battery Life Glance, which changes colors as the Watch’s battery life drops. Other Glances include Heart Rate (for live BPM), Fitness Stats, Activity, Clock, Weather, Settings, Maps and Calendars. The Watch will also have a full Notification Center.

There are other interesting tidbits in the report, like the Watch can be powered off by holding down the Contact button, and that voice commands are labeled as “Voice Control,” not Siri. We expect Apple to talk about these and other unknown details during Monday’s media event.

Source: 9to5Mac

Update: TechCrunch just published a scoop of its own, which reveals even more details about the wearable.

  • El Matador

    I have to admit it’s pretty fun reading all thes posts on the Apple Watch. I’m looking forward to Monday!

  • Fanboy 

    May not be the best design, but I certainly trust Apple did the best they could with the software, hardware design, and battery life. Looks like it’s going to last all day without a doubt, so im happy I dont mind taking 2.5 seconds at night to connect the magnetic wireless charger while I sleep.

    • Chindavon

      2.5 seconds is asking waaaaaaay too much.

    • Bobdole

      that means no sleep tracking…

  • Also, don’t forget, the battery life will be programmed to get worse day by day. So that we all look forward to buying Apple Watch 2.

    • Merman123

      Ok. Sounds good to me 🙂 sign me up.

    • You mean just like EVERY other rechargeable battery? nothing new there…

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  • Elias

    The hype is real!

  • “5 hours of heavy application use”
    hahahaha what is the use of the watch if I will have to charge it twice a day?

    • e1ghtSpace

      Why do you think you’ll need to be using your watch’s applications all the time?

      • I bet you will if it is jailbroken and even then you’ll get less battery due to jailbreak tweaks running.

      • e1ghtSpace

        Theres a reason why I have a phone. 🙂
        But yeah, with tweaks the battery’ll probably suck. Hopefully the watch doesn’t heat up like the iPhones do.

      • Chang in Charge

        Who thought you would need to use your phone apps all the time? Yet here we are.

      • e1ghtSpace

        You heavily use your phone for more than 5 hours a day?
        I’m sure the watch will get very hot if it was used that much.

      • Chang in Charge

        I heavily use my phone all the time for work (social media, emails, etc), for personal use (social media, emails, texts, phone), for fitness. Plus however much more I use it because I’m a jailbreaker and I tweak my phone constantly. I don’t think this thing is going to get hot, that’s probably one of the first things they worked out imagine how much bad press they will get if heavy users report any kind of burns on their wrist.

      • e1ghtSpace

        Okay fair enough. But I mean, are you really going to be constantly using a device with such a small screen? How would you be able to send emails? Actually, thinking about it, typing is probably voice controlled. But if you’re on board a train, you wouldn’t want to talk when other people can hear you.

        Remember, this is the first Apple Watch. Is anyone using the first iPhone to run their life anymore? Probably not. I’d say wait for the second version.
        I still have my iPad 2 and was using it a lot but the lag just got too bad. So I bought an iPad Air four days ago. The lag is a lot less but safari crashes a lot. (it crashed while I was typing my last reply)
        I got Zeusmos for it so I can run MovieBox on it and N64 emulators with no lag or jailbreak. My school doesn’t allow Jailbreaks.
        If anyone knows how to stop them from figuring out that I have one I’d love to know. 🙂 (I’ve already been called up ln it 3 times) :/

        Wow I typed a massive reply.

      • John

        Actually, detecting whether a device is jailbroken or not is fairly simple…and no, you don’t need to install anything else from Cydia to detect it.

      • e1ghtSpace

        Do they ping it or something?
        How can I block it?

      • Chang in Charge

        How does your school have the right to tell you whether or not you can jailbreak your device? Doesn’t seem like something they can police.

      • e1ghtSpace

        Apparently we’re going to take tests on them. Well I highly doubt it. Anyway, I’d like to see how it woud work.

    • Cameron

      id like to see you heavily use your watch for 5 hours straight.

  • So if Apple claims it’ll last 5 hours we should just assume we will get like 2-3 hours? Also if it is jailbroken that will drain the battery drain even quicker!
    I can’t believe how everyone is going crazy over this! I see this as a novelty item and would much rather spend whatever it’ll cost on a real watch.

    Maybe I will get on board by the 3rd or 4th model but I am smart enough to never buy an iPhone without a “S” in the name. I don’t assume Apple will make “S’ models for the Watch but I still would never buy it until at least the first upgraded model. I mean who is gonna constantly buy a new watch? I don’t see many.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      Finally a comment with commonsense. This is all hype and honestly stupid. This is a product I wont even consider until at least the 3rd gen, if that.

    • John

      No. Apple doesn’t claim shit… A website claims 5 hours. Show me somewhere definitive where someone from Apple said “This watch will last at least five hours”.

      Common man, this is iDB. We’re supposed to have intelligent people here and not people who assume shit and jump to conclusions.

      How do you expect to jailbreak when Apple haven’t announced a physical way to connect the watch to a computer yet?

  • Cameron

    1 day is reasonable for now. I honestly dont find a difference between 1 day and 1.5 days since the latter still requires me to charge every night if i want a full day use.

    • Kurt

      Ughhh you fanboys will defend apple when they deserve trashing. What happens on a day you use your watch more than normal? it won’t last you till you get home (as has happened to all of us so many times with our iPhones)…now if your watch lasted as long as Samsung’s or others you could use it longer that day and still have juice. Pathetic you can’t think of that possibility. Enjoy running out of battery!

      • Cameron

        Honestly, I’m one of the minority who prefers thinness to battery life, even from a fanboy point of view. I have abit of a compulsion to charge my phone and almost never have my battery life below 40% so I don’t see myself having a problem with the watch. However plenty of fanboys here would have your view on battery life, I’m not one of them.

    • George

      They said like 2 hours of constant screen on time usage, I believe this thing will die in 6 hours.

  • Dante Arellano

    Fuckk this Apple watch is fuckk up 5 hrs of heavy use whata fuckk i ll able to waching movies or listening music have you considered than int’ work without an iphone that fuckingg lame!!!

  • patmack

    My Gear 2 will last 2-3 days between charges.

    • Chindavon

      Any smart watch can last 2-3 days in standby.

      • patmack

        I receive many notifications and make/receive calls…I think moderate to heavy
        use. I wouldn’t call that standby.