THE battery in Apple’s new multi-tasking smartwatch (Apple Watch) can last as little as three hours, the tech giant admits.
Using the device — which costs up to £13,500 — as a phone will drain the juice after three hours of calls. Listening to music gets you six and a half hours and working out while the Apple Watch monitors your health gives you seven hours.
Calling the watch ‘revolutionary’ at the launch in San Francisco on Monday, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said it would typically last 18 hours before recharging.
Apple gave an example of a user chewing up 18 hours with 90 time checks, 90 notiﬁcations, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback via Bluetooth. However, the product page of the watch website also gives the lower ﬁgures.
On Techcrunch.com website, Matt Bums called the watch ‘beautiful and capable’, but said battery life ‘could be its Achilles’ heel’. The three Apple Watch models will cost from £299 to £13,500 when available in the UK from next month. The device wirelessly connects to your iPhone, allowing a huge range of the same tasks and many more, including checking into a hotel, on to a ﬂight, or ordering a cab.
The watch must be taken off for recharging, which takes two and a half hours to reach 100 per cent. Short battery life has also been an issue for iPhone and iPad users.
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