Battery life won’t be enough for Apple Watch Series Three

Battery life is apparently Apple’s big focus for the development of Apple Watch Series 3, according to China’s Economic Daily news, which also warns that the device’s other improvements will be relatively modest.

The report tells us the new Watch won’t ship until Fall 2017, and that it will be made by Quanta. The latter firm made both previous Apple Watch models.

Now, I love my Watch and as a fitness tracker and mobile payments device it has a great deal to offer. I also like to use it to take and make calls, messages and more. I also think the alarm and health monitoring functions it also delivers set it apart as a connected accessory and can imagine a range of useful enterprise-related tasks it can be used across. As a device for personal wellness Apple Watch knocks the socks off other products out there.

But it needs its own built-in SIM. You see, I don’t think the smart wearables industry will truly enter into its full potential until their wearables (watch, glasses, even smart coats) can provide many smartphone functions without needing a phone. The need to carry a phone with you as well means all these solutions are just accessories.

In future, I think smartphones will be left behind. This is inevitable. I was rather hoping Apple would get us there this year.

Wait and see I suppose, but I don’t think battery life improvements are enough to fully realise the potential of Apple Watch. Until the Watch becomes uniquely useful in its own right, it will remain an accessory to the iPhone.

Though I can understand why battery life improvements must be delivered in order to support such features

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

6 Responses

  1. Dane Brown says:

    I’m personally happy with my Apple Watch 2 not containing a SIM. If it had one I could not use my watch at work as I cannot have a phone one me in secured areas. Also not having a camera allows me to wear it at work.

  2. James says:

    I don’t care if the Apple Watch Series 3 can go an extra day or two before requiring charging. I only charge for about an hour every day and half anyway. But extra battery that allows an always on screen would be useful.

  3. doug says:

    Are you seriously going to regularly leave you phone behind? Until our watch becomes our only data connection (which is still a number of years out) it is simply a waste to have it have it’s own sim card. Will it have it’s own phone number? or will this be a data only sim that only works for calls if you have a VOIP capable cell phone? How much are you willing to pay over and above your current cell phone data/voice plan.

    This reminds me of my desire for a camera on the watch before I owned one. I wanted to Dick Tracy FaceTime on it. But now I realize how stupid that would be. The same can be said for a data sim. Sure I’d love to be connected to my phone even if I left it behind, but I wouldn’t pay an extra even $10/month for the benefit, because I normally want a larger screen than a watch will provide. So 99% of the time….I’ll have my phone and I’m not paying up for the 1%.

    Sure, 5-7 years from now. When I can get 2 day battery life on my 5G AppleWatch 6 with 100MB throughput and the iPhone is now the iPad Micro that relies on my watch for connectivity, I’ll be right there with you.

    • James says:

      I would sometimes. For example if I’m going to the beach or pool. The Series 2 is waterproof so it can stay on my wrist and I don’t have to worry about it. But what do I do with my iPhone. Also, if I’m out walking or running, leaving the iPhone behind seems sensible as long as I can remain in contact with the world for emergencies.

  4. Spy Hunter says:

    Looks like Samsung is beating Apple to the punch here with the Gear S3 curved watch that has full phone features and data feature allowing you to leave the phone behind 🙂 Sad but Apple is definitely falling behind here.

    • Jonny Evans says:

      It always looks like Smasung is beating Apple to the punch — they read the same rumours and then rush product to market — and their products turn out to be poorly made, ill thought out, and in some cases, explode.

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