Drowned out by the praise and applause for the Apple Watch's introduction, the voices inquiring about the battery life of Apple's incoming smart watch have yet to receive a definitive answer on how many hours they can expect to go between visits to the charging station.
Watches from Apple's Android competitors have claimed to offer up to two days of life on a single charge, though many consumers have reported enjoying little more than a day's worth of time with their smart watches before having to visit a wall outlet.
Nat Kerris, Apple spokeswoman, refused to provide Re/code with an estimate on the Apple Watch's battery life, but she did draw a picture of the type of charging routine wearers should expect.
"There's a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day," said Kerris. "We anticipate that people will charge nightly, which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging."
Apple may be mum on the battery life of the Apple Watch because it's still trying to make the smart watch more power-efficient or expand its battery capacity. Sources allegedly said Apple wasn't happy with the Apple Watch's battery life, but offered no specifics on what type of improvement the tech firm may be working on.
Because Apple hasn't committed to a release date for the Apple Watch, the tech firm has the flexibility to improve the smart watch's battery life. Individuals concerned that the issue could push the release of the Apple Watch even further into 2015 should remember the iPhone 6 was said to have been set back by several overhauls before Apple was satisfied with the smartphone -- it appears to be launching on time.
While the Apple Watch's battery life has been a source of disappointment, the smart watch's "wireless" charging capabilities bring nothing new to the table.
The Apple Watch's charger creates a magnetic field that allows it to adhere to the smart watch and charges the cells inside of the wearable. It's inductive charging, but that charger is definitely connected to a traditional power source by an electrical cable.
The inductive charger used by the Apple Watch didn't appear to even remotely impress Rob Chandhok, senior vp and president of Qualcomm's Internet services and Interactive Platforms divisions. However, Chandhok indicated he was happy wireless charging was getting more exposure.
"It's exciting to see new entrants and new options as we've long felt wireless charging is integral to consumers' overall mobile experience," said Chandhok.