Apple Watch will feature ‘Power Reserve’ mode to show only the time and conserve battery

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The Apple Watch’s battery life is something of a contentious topic for Apple, with Tim Cook confirming that the wearable only has one day of it to go around.

However, for those people who are really worried about their future Watch’s battery life, the New York Times has put together an in-depth report on the Watch itself, from the device’s development to production, all the way up to the marketing push. In the piece, though, one previously unannounced feature managed to break the surface.

“Power Reserve” mode.

As one can imagine from the title of the feature, it’s designed to conserve some of the Watch’s energy, and in doing so limit plenty of the features tied into the Watch as well. The report indicates that Watch owners will be able to initiate the feature on their own, which will put the Watch into a special low-power state that will aim to conserve any remaining battery life.

When in this mode, the Watch will only offer the time on the touchscreen display, but any of the smarter features baked in won’t be accessible for the user. That is, unless they deactivate the Power Reserve mode.

Apple has said the watch battery is estimated to last a full day, requiring a user to charge it at night, similar to a smartphone. The company also developed a yet-to-be-announced feature called Power Reserve, a mode that will run the watch on low energy but display only the time, according to one employee.

With all this talk about the Watch’s battery life, it’s easy to assume that many potential buyers are worried that it might not be able to make it through a full day. Are you worried about that at all?

[via New York Times]

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