Apple Watch: Achilles' heel battery life will be its downfall — or will it?

Posted on by Mike Evans

Battery life, which was not mentioned at the presentation on Tuesday, is forecast by some to be the downfall of the device, nothing less than its Achilles' heel. It is feared that the Watch could need charging every day. Shock, horror!

But who other than a dreamer really thought the battery would last longer than that? Given the Watch's diminutive size and multi-talented capabilities, once-a-day charging is actually an impressive feat. Unless Apple has surreptitiously managed an overnight revolution in battery technology, I cannot imagine how anyone could have imagined the watch lasting more than one day on a charge.

Daily charging is a fact of life with current iPhone and iPad models and the Watch will be no different. In most ways I actually prefer the discipline of overnight charging because it becomes routine. With devices that last days (such as the Kindle) it is a struggle to remember when to charge them and the danger of running flat is actually increased.

I anticipate no major problems with the battery life of the Watch and it is quite unfair to overplay the battery argument. In the future, as battery technology improves and chips consume less, we will see improved life from all devices. For now, thought, daily charging is the norm and we should quit whinging. 

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