Apple said the Apple Watch should last you through the day — so is it?
The currency of mobile devices is battery life. Every feature from the lightness of the hardware to the brightness of the display to the data being transferred has a price paid for in power. Watches are even smaller than phones, which means they have less energy to begin with and have to pay even more attention to efficiency. That brings us to the Apple Watch and for some of us, the battery life we’ve experienced during our first full week of using it.
Apple set Apple Watch battery life expectations at up to 18 hours for the following use case: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours.
The first day or two will be outliers: there’s a lot of power needed for set up and almost everyone experiments and uses a new device more over the first couple of days than they will over the course of a normal day. Once setup is over, though, and you’ve fallen into a regular use pattern, you should be able to get a good indication of how long your Apple Watch is lasting.
And that’s precisely what we want to know! Vote in the poll up top to give us a general idea and then hit up the comments below and give us the details — when are you typically putting your Apple Watch on, when are you taking it off, and how much power, if any, do you have left when you do? If you’re doing anything else, like charging during the day or going into power reserve more, let us know that as well!