Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have a reputation for eking out as much on-time for its devices from their battery capacities as possible but a report from 9to5mac reveals that the Apple Watch’s battery life won’t be anything special compared to the current crop of smartwatches on the market.
According to the publication, “people with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development” has revealed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had set lofty goals for the wearable device.
“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,” 9to5mac reports.
The initial target for the Apple Watch was 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use, the publication notes, and 19 hours of battery life for average use. In other words, the current battery life Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is getting for its smartwatch in testing is just about the same as people are getting on comparative smartwatches in the market.
The Apple watch is also said to be capable of staying alive for two to three days on standby mode. However, average users will likely need to place their Apple wearable on its wireless charger every night.
Meanwhile, 9to5mac also revealed that its sources have told them that the chip inside the Apple Watch, called the S1 chip, is about as powerful as the A5 chip on the iPhone 4s and iPod Touch. Furthermore, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is targeting a March release and the company is said to already have 3,000 specimens of their smartwatch out in the wild for testing.
Soros Fund Management managed by George Soros owned about 1.14 million Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares by the end of the third quarter of 2014. Making up 0.85% of the fund’s whole portfolio, the stake is a 38% decrease of the fund’s stake in the Apple Watch maker.