The Apple Watch's price ranges from $349 (for the Sports model) to as much as $17,000 (for the premium luxury Edition model). Naturally, for those who are planning to get Apple's first ever wearable device, they would want to know how long they can make use of the device before it goes out of style, or worse, becomes obsolete. No doubt, many of them are quite concerned about paying a relatively hefty sum for something that might go obsolete in a couple of years.
No product is immune to obsolescence issues, and the Apple Watch is certainly no exception, however impressive its specifications are. For now, experts are saying that one of the main areas of concern is the device's processor. No one knows yet how Apple will go about upgrading the central processing unit or random access memory (RAM) of the Apple Watch. It is likely that Apple will roll internal upgrades for the Apple Watch Edition models, which given their high prices, kinda deserve to get upgrades. As for the lesser Apple Watch models, it remains to be seen.
The Apple Watch does have something that its owners can still make use of after two years -- its battery, which has a lifecycle of about three years. Furthermore, as confirmed by Apple, the wearable device's battery is replaceable. The company did not clarify though how much it will cost to replace their Apple Watch's battery.
Battery lifespan is a more tricky concern because so much depends on how often or extensively the owners use their Apple Watch. Apple claims that on a daily basis, the device's battery will be good for "all-day mixed usage." For those who have no idea what that comprises of, Apple is saying that it is about "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."
Fitness buffs who plan to use their Apple Watch when working out with the heart rate sensor activated can expect the usage to decrease to seven hours. Music buffs should know that music playback limits the device's battery life to over six hours. Those who like to make calls through the wearable device may see their batteries good only for three hours.
As for those who just want to use their Apple Watch minimally, save for checking the time, the battery can reportedly last up to a couple of days. Those who are not familiar with smartwatches will probably think that a timepiece that lasts only two days is kinda ridiculous, and to be honest about it, quite pointless. Still, charging every two days is better than what was previously reported before last Monday's event, which hinted that the device would require to be charged every night.
Apple did say that charging the device only takes about an hour and thirty minutes. With that span of time, the device can get 80 percent charged (to get 100 percent, it would need to charge for two and a half hours). Also, these tests were made on the 38 mm Apple Watch versions, which means that the 42 mm versions could last a little longer.
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