Apple Watch: new details about battery life, apps, features and more emerge

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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.