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Apple Watch hands-on details revealed ahead of March 9 launch event

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Apple is hosting an event on March 9, where it is expected to launch the Watch. With a couple of days to the event, 9to5Mac’s sources have revealed a few new hands-on details including battery-life, power reserve mode, storage, music among others.Battery backup has been at the epicenter of Apple Watch discussions, ever since CEO Tim Cook revealed that the wearable needs to be charged every night. Sources cite that Apple has considerably improved the battery backup and should be able to survive five hours of intensive usage and about 19 hours of mixed usage. In essence, while the battery won’t run out during the day, it will still need to be charged at night. Also Read - Here's why the new Apple Watch update may not accurately monitor your heart rate

As the concerns about the battery life started mounting, a recent report revealed that Apple has come up with a “Power Reserve Mode” that will sacrifice some of the services in order to achieve a better battery life. This mode is similar to the Ultra power saving modes we see in some of the smartphones. Power Reserve Mode can be engaged even when the battery is at 100 percent. So engaging the mode will obviously dim out the display, reduce the frequency with which it communicates with the iPhone and also force the display to sleep just after two seconds of inactivity. Also Read - Apple watch future updates may introduce sleep tracking, health features

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The charging time for the test units were somewhere between 4-5 hours which the sources reported was a notable improvement from the last years prototypes. The low battery indicator comes in the form of an orange or amber color as a gentle reminder to the users.

Other set of interesting features includes the Heart Rate Glance which will allow the users to instantly check their BPM (Beats per minute) on the Apple Watch. This feature will also help the fitness app to calculate calorie readings and it can also be transferred to the health application in the iPhone.

The sources further point out at the new glances included in the Watch. Apart from, Heart Rate and Battery Life, it also includes Fitness Stats, Activity, Clock, Weather, Music, Quick Settings, Calendars and Maps.

Apple Watches are said to include 8GB of onboard memory, which will allow it to store music and even play it when it is not linked with the iPhone. Users will also be able to stream to external speakers or headphones over Bluetooth.

Force Touch is a feature that renders the actual feel of a button so that users can feel at home using the small touchscreens. It registers up, down, left and right movements and comes without keyboard.

As per the publication, the Watch feels fast and doesn’t get sluggish, thanks to the S1 chip. The Watch doesn’t beam notifications when connected with an iPhone that is unlocked. A designer was quoted saying about the Apple Watch screen that “It’s like a vibrant digital paper, and does not look rendered, with especially “great” black levels.”

For those wondering about how the Watch is powered off, the publication claims that long-pressing the will trigger the powering off process. Users will also be allowed to force shut an application by going to the shut down screen and then pressing the right side button.

As mentioned above, Apple will be launching the Watch on March 9 at its Spring Forward event.

 

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  • Published Date: March 7, 2015 5:41 PM IST



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