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Apple Watch battery life — What you need to know!

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According to what was shown off during the Spring forward event, that same advice still holds true. You can absolutely keep wearing the Apple Watch all night and it might see you into the next day, but then you'll have to charge it when you want to be using it. So, every night it is.

And now we have our first real details of how long it will last. Said Apple CEO Tim Cook at the event: 18 hours.

Again, battery life is the price you pay for features — full color Retina display and Bluetooth 4.0 both radiate power. Apple is being as power-efficient as they can be with everything from notifications to sensors, but if you use it, you're going to use it. And the more you use it, the faster it's going to drain that battery.

The value is in the those features you get in return. Charge it at night, enjoy all the information, tracking, remote control, Apple Pay, communications, and more during the day.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

12 Comments
  • 18 hours worth of what kind of use? I'm not sure this answers the question. 18 hours of light use is kinda bad for something you're supposed to keep on your wrist all the time. With my Pebble, I constantly use it to look at messages, control music and audiobooks, as a fitness tracker, and more. All of those tasks are fairly battery intensive, but I still get 5 days or so worth of battery life.
  • ... And at $200 you can always buy a spare one if you think that you won't be able to charge it on that last day. :)
  • Or, I could buy one current gen Pebble at $90, one ASUS Zenwatch at $200, then take the left over money and have myself a really, really nice dinner. :-)
  • Yeah... but... Apple?!? /s
  • Lmao. I can already see jackasses trying to charge their watches at my bar. I might buy a Casio just to come up with some witty remarks.
  • So much for tracking sleep...
  • +1
  • I own a Pebble watch since summer of last year, and I can tell you two things:
    - the #1 killer app for a smartwatch is delivering your phone's notifications to your wrist, but you probably already knew this;
    - the #2 killer app for a smartwatch is waking you up every morning silently, without waking up the person whom you are sharing the bed with. I bet you didn't know that.
    I'm writing this to address all the people who say "It's OK if it's just 18 hours, I don't sleep with my watch anyway". You're saying this probably because all your previous digital watches beeped. Smartwatches vibrate, and that is not only more effective in waking you up than beeping, but it also doesn't bother the people around you as much. With a smartwatch, you might want to consider sleeping wearing your watch.
  • So you have to charge it every night when you want to use its sleep capabilities? Utter fail.
    "The price you pay for features" - Since when did Apple ever promote 'features' over the singular thing the device will be to make your life more enjoyable?
    You've changed Apple....
  • So I will have to take the charger with me if I do a double shift. Great. And what about the internals. What is the RAM and memory going to be like.
  • I really think this is going ot be niche. Too much $ for what it is to be the defacto smart watch. Not that there are others yet. But I'm more likely now to plunk down less to try a Pebble or the like.....
  • Wasn't Rene the one who absolutely blasted Android Wear and the 360 for the single day battery life? So this is the spin you put on it, simply because it's Apple, "battery life is the price you pay for features — full color Retina display and Bluetooth 4.0 both radiate power"? A Color display and BT 4.0?