More details on Apple Watch battery life: here's what a 'full day' actually means

Yesterday was Apple’s big event where the company unveiled their Watch wearable for the second time and gave us more details on battery life, pricing and availability. But we’re just now learning what all of it means.

On stage yesterday, Tim Cook announced that the Apple Watch’s battery life would last for a “full day” of 18 hours. But what exactly can you do with your Watch during that day to make the battery last that long? Cook never mentioned, but Apple has posted some details on their testing process and their use cases.

First up an 18-hour day is based on usage as such: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Watch via Bluetooth. Obviously using a Watch more or less than that can change your final tally.

The most you could potentially get out of it is 72 hours but that’s only with four time checks per hour and nothing else – it’s a feasible use case but not a likely one. On the other end of the spectrum talking through your Apple Watch will mean you’ll need a recharge in three hours.

Apple also mentions that all of this testing was done on pre-production devices and that, of course, your final results may vary. What do you think? Is this in line with expectations, or is the Watch’s battery still not up to par? Let us know in the comments bellow.

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