A collection of latest Apple Watch details have leaked before Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ special event on March 9th.
Apple has managed to enhance the battery lifetime of its smartwatch to handle about five hours of fairly heavy app usage. The phone should not run out of battery during a typical day of use; but, it’ll need to be charged because it will not make it through a second day. It will take just two hours to fully charge the watch.
Apple plans to incorporate a new ‘Power Reserve Mode’, that may cut most options of the watch except displaying the time. It is turned on via the Battery glance or the Settings application. The Battery glance shows the percentage of battery life stay, the amount of time since the last charge, and a button to activate ‘Power Reserve Mode’.
The mode noticeably dims the display, slows down communication with the iPhone to an on-demand level, and puts the display to sleep after roughly two seconds of inactivity. One unit tested allowed access to all Apple Watch functions while in Power Reserve mode, while another unit was limited to the Clock face.
Rather than displaying an alert when the battery is low (20%), the Apple Watch Battery Life glance turns an orange/amber color. At 100% it turns red.
The following Glances are installed on the Apple Watch by default: heart rate, Battery Life, Fitness Stats, Activity, Clock, Weather, Music, quick Settings, Calendar and Maps.
The watch additionally has a notification center than is accessed by swiping down from the top of the display. The list of notifications shows every app name also as truncated descriptions of the notification.
Prototype Apple Watches are said to have 8GB of storage which can store music for playback. Internal units have lightning connectors that will not be on the shipping models. Users will specify what music will be synced to the Apple Watch via a panel in the companion app for the iPhone. The Companion app options a dark black interface with a glyph of the Apple Watch as the app icon. it’ll let users manage settings, music, re-arrange the icons on the watch’s home screen, and take away WatchKit applications from the watch while not deleting the corresponding app on the iPhone.
Interestingly, if the iPhone is not connected to the Watch, the application icon will remain on the device’s Home screen, and the applications will still work for a period of time with cached data.
Sources told the location that the Force touch feature works well, indicating that “the screen feels like a large button than you just want to press in the manner needed for Force touch.” Another said that it “feel natural”.
There is no keyboard on the Apple Watch and every one input is handled via voice or pre-populated options. sadly, you cannot reply to emails by voice yet, you’ll have to use the Mail app on the iPhone.
The Apple Watch is said to feel snappy overall; but, it reportedly gets sluggish once over two hundred apps are installed. That should not be a concern for many people. The screen quality is said to be exceptional with one designer saying the “screen is the best [smartwatch] screen I actually have ever seen,” noting that “it’s like vibrant digital paper, and doesn’t look rendered,” with especially “great” black levels.
The watch is turned off by long pressing the large “communication button” on its right side. a power slider is then shown on the display and a swipe shuts down the device. Apps can be forced quit by accessing the shut down screen then quickly pressing the button on the right side. A Settings app has numerous toggles that include Bluetooth and airplane mode just like iOS. Apparently, there’s not a dedicated Wi-Fi settings menu, so that will likely be controlled by the iPhone.