Apple hasn’t gotten into specifics about the battery life of the Apple Watch, with CEO Tim Cook saying only that he expects that you’ll probably need to charge it daily. According to a new report, though, one Apple Watch feature will help you to stretch out its battery life if you need it.
Three unnamed Apple employees recently spoke to the New York Times about development of the Apple Watch, and according to one of them, Apple has created a feature called Power Reserve that’ll extend the Watch’s battery life that’ll let it run on low energy by displaying only the time. Those sources also provided a bit of information on the work that went into creating and testing the Apple Watch. For example, one employee says that in order to secretly test the Apple Watch in public, Apple designed a case that made the Watch look like a Samsung device.
The battery life on smartwatches is an important spec because not only do the devices become non-functioning wrist decorations when they’re dead, but they’re also one more device that people have to plug in and charge. One of the attractive features of the Pebble smartwatches is that they often last for several days on a single charge, but the same can’t be said of most Android Wear devices, and it’s unlikely that the Apple Watch will last more than a day either. If you absolutely need it to, though, it sounds like this Power Reserve feature might let you eke a bit more life out of Apple’s smartwatch.