Apple Watch battery empty

Although Apple did not mention it during yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event, the Apple Watch has a completely replaceable battery, an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.

That’s about all we know as the publication couldn’t determine how much it will cost to send in your Watch to Apple and have it returned with a new battery in place.

As stated on Apple’s website, with moderate use owners of the Watch can count on eighteen hours of battery life between charges, which entails checking the time 90 times per day, checking out up to 90 notifications, spending 45 minutes in apps and doing a 30-minute workout with music playback from the Watch to Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

Apple’s standard one-year warranty includes replacement coverage for a defective battery and the company offers an out-of-warranty battery replacement for notebooks and mobile devices, for a fee.

That being said, it’s an encouraging sign that the battery is replaceable as owners will be able to extend their Watch’s lifespan, at least when it comes to battery.

The biggest unknown left concerns the innards of the device.

The Watch’s electronics are integrated on Apple’s in-house designed system-in-a-package chip dubbed the S1. Sadly, the company did not say whether or not it would offer an upgrade path for owners to replace the S1 processor with a next-generation variant.

If you ask me, that won’t happen because future-generation Watches may, and probably will, sport an updated design and include new dedicated sensors.

The Apple Watch goes on pre-order beginning April 10 and is scheduled to ship in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom on April 24.

Image top of post via The Poke.

Source: TechCrunch

  • Tom

    Is the stainless steel edition worth it? Or should I stick to the sports edition?

    • ✯Mike✯

      if i purchase one, it’ll be the sport

    • Linton Findlay

      I’m gonna wait until 2nd gen, and the reviews people put out about the first one to see if it il be necessary to upgrade every few years, if so steel is abit pricey. I’d rather a steel link though

      • Jack Wong

        I always don’t understand why people would rather wait for the next generation, just have fun with it.

        By the way, the review doesn’t mean much to me, just like everyone has different point of view with smartphone.

    • pegger1

      You should definitely go for the solid gold. If you’re planning on getting an Apple watch, might as well go all out.

    • Fanboy 

      For an additional $200, the Steel edition is not worth it. If you wanted the steel WITH the steel band, you’re looking at $700 extra. Not worth it, honestly I find the Sport very attractive the band seems for comfortable for regular use and working out!

      • CollegiateLad

        Can’t wait for 3rd party options.

      • Fanboy 

        Agreed, will most likely buy a waterproof case/band for mine for certain occasions.

      • CollegiateLad

        Also, if the batteries are reasonably priced and easy to install, a second battery purchase wouldn’t be a bad idea. That’s presumably 36 hours of battery life right there.

      • Fanboy 

        I dont think they meant you can swap out batteries like accessories. This will most likely be strictly Apple who can open up your Watch. If you do it it’ll void your warranty.

      • Brad

        I’m pretty sure that’s not how it is going to work.

        Did you see the quick-release on the back so you can open it up and slide in another battery? Nope? Me neither.

        It’ll be like replacing a screen on an ipad; heat-gun.

      • FreeGreezyDoe

        Yea they already have them up on eBay $17 for a leather band they look good too

      • Andres

        Going to get the steel because of the polished finish and sapphire glass. Getting the basic sport band though, I’ll either buy the link bracelet separately at a later time, or wait for 3rd party bands.

      • Brad

        agreed. why go for steel when it is heavier? Sure, it is stronger and the surface is harder, but you’re nowhere close to pushing the strength of the aluminum housing. And the important part, the scratch-resistance of the screen and battery life, doesn’t care what housing you have.

    • CollegiateLad

      I’ve pondered this and finally decided on the stainless steel due to the fact you can substitute different material bands. If I understand correctly, the sports edition only has one type of band.

      • Jaco

        Yes but the bands are also replaceable, so buy the aluminium version and stick a leather bracelet on it for arround +250$ which is just extreme…
        I hoped that the bands will be priced right but first of all the steel watch itself is expensive and than these bands…..

      • CollegiateLad

        It’s my understanding that the aluminum watch is only compatible with the $49 band. Am I mistaken?

      • Franklin Richards

        I think you’re mistaken. On stage Christy Turlington says she swaps out her leather band with a sport rubber band. So they must all be interchangeable. Then Tim Cook shows us his steel Apple watch with a rubber sports band.

      • CollegiateLad

        Yes, but she has the stainless steel, right? Not the aluminum watch. The stainless steel allows more material bands. The aluminum is only compatible with one band.

      • Jaco

        Every apple watch features the same build (except for material). So the mechanism for the bands should be the same.

      • Franklin Richards

        If the steel one can use the sports band why can’t the aluminum one use the steel band. They are the same.

      • Franklin Richards

        I hope third party manufacturers are allowed to make bands for the watch. I would love a Levi’s denim band.

    • L J

      Sport. The Stainless steel is to damn expensive.

    • ravinigga

      Stainless steel is cool but sport looks also really nice. Is just only pay more for materials and sapphire display

    • John

      I only just saw this, to be honest… The weight difference is hardly going to be noticeable but the most important question to ask yourself “Can you afford the price difference?” in Australia, for example, the difference is around A$300 and while I wanted the stainless steel version, I simply cannot justify the price difference.

  • praz

    Aftermarket extra capacity battery market right here ?

  • Andres

    Other companies will probably come out with a link bracelet look alike for a fraction of the cost that’ll be compatible with Apple Watch.

  • iBanks

    I personally think its worth it. I’m getting one for sure. More suitable for the casual look.

  • Martynet

    I would buy steel only if Apple guarantee that they replace all the insides… Because what is the point of steel casing if the engine, display and battery is outdated?

  • iPhoneWINS

    great now we need other companies to make a proper 5 day battery for it