Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 07:51
Category: Apple Watch, battery, Hardware, News, Wearables
If you were curious about the Apple Watch’s battery life, Apple just posted the specs.
The company posted a technical specification web page, complete with details as to service and recycling for the wearable’s batteries. The page states that the Watch should hold 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 “complete” charge cycles — meaning charging from empty to full. Typically, batteries last longer if they’re only partially depleted before being recharged.
That performance is identical to iPads and MacBooks, though those devices have much greater starting capacities. By comparison, an iPhone is designed to retain 80 percent capacity at about 500 charge cycles, and iPods are expected to drop to that level around the 400-cycle mark.
A defective battery can be replaced for free under warranty coverage, including AppleCare+, but a swap otherwise costs US$99 in the U.S., plus US$7 in shipping.
If you’ve gotten your hands on an Apple Watch and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.