The Apple Watch is the company's much-anticipated first attempt at putting an iOS gadget on your wrist. The company's upcoming gadget might fall victim to the issue that plagues almost every major smartwatch: Battery life.
The company packed a powerful S1 processor into the gadget and some powerful sensors for fitness tracking. All of that power, 9to5Mac reports, comes at a massive cost: The Apple Watch's battery will only last through two hours of "heavy" use.
No matter how complex a classic watch looks on the inside, the function is the same. It tells time.
The Apple Watch will do what a watch does, while also vibrating if your phone gets a text or an email. The fact that the Apple Watch could stop telling time if you spend more than two hours using it gives classic watches a healthy lead.
9to5Mac's sources revealed the facts behind the Apple Watch's battery life:
Apple has also been stress-testing the Apple Watch’s battery life with pre-bundled and third-party applications. Our sources say that Apple is targeting 2.5 hours of “heavy” application use, such as processor-intensive gameplay, or 3.5 hours of standard app use.
Interestingly, Apple expects to see better battery life when using the Watch’s fitness tracking software, which is targeted for nearly 4 hours of straight exercise tracking on a single charge.
So, the one real use for the Apple Watch would be as a fitness tracker. The problem is that after using it you'd have to take the watch off and charge it to expect a day's-worth of "standard" app use.
The Apple Watch hasn't hit the market yet, but those numbers don't bode well for how appealing it would be to people who don't just want to buy Apple's next big thing. Want to see how the Apple Watch's battery life stacks up against the competition? Click here to see a helpful comparison chart.