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The brilliant way the Apple Watch may conserve precious battery life

Published Mar 9th, 2015 10:40AM EDT
Apple Watch Battery Life and Apps
Image: Apple Inc.

One of the main concerns with the Apple Watch is battery life, even though Apple has reportedly managed to achieve some decent usage time. However, that doesn’t mean the device will deliver the kind of battery life users want, at least not its first generation.

Fortunately, there might be one very cool way the device could conserve battery life, and it might be related to the way you’ll interact with it.

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App design firm Y Media Labs has been advising customers interested in building applications for the new Apple platform — the list includes plenty of well-known names such as eBay, BBC, Sesame Street, Bank of America and Shutterfly — that any interaction on the Apple Watch should take less than seven seconds.

“If I want to know what the weather is, I’d have to go into my pocket, take out the phone, unlock the phone, and find the app, and that could probably take anything between 10-20 seconds,” Y Media Labs’ marketing director Robbie Abed said according to Business Insider, explaining he chose the number of seconds a bit arbitrary.

Assuming developers end up creating apps that require small Watch interactions while providing the kind of information the Apple Watch user seeks, then precious battery could be saved in the process.

Abed further advised companies developing apps for the Watch to focus on one or two major features for their apps, no matter how complex their websites or iOS apps might be. Furthermore, he said the digital crown of the Apple Watch will probably be most useful for scrolling through lists, which could be a very handy feature for Watch apps.

The Apple Watch will be unveiled for a second time on Monday during a special media event during which Apple will supposedly reveal everything there is to know about the device, including pricing and release dates.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.