Apple Watch battery just 205mAh

A teardown of the new Apple Watch has revealed a relatively tiny 205mAh battery.

The first Apple Watch smartwatches are finally making their way into (or onto) people’s hands, which means that the very first teardowns have taken place.

Arguably the most interesting thing to emerge from iFixit‘s teardown is the size of the Apple Watch battery. It’s a mere 205mAh, which is precisely half the capacity of the LG Watch R battery – that’s one of the better and more recent Android Wear smartwatches.

This is for the 38mm case size, of course. There’s a slightly bigger 42mm model that we have yet to see the inside of, but which likely has a bigger power unit.

When the Apple Watch was first revealed back in September, perhaps the most notable piece of information to be withheld was its battery life. This led to two conclusions: that it hadn’t yet been finalised, and that it probably sucked.

Eventually it emerged that the Apple Watch’s stamina was no better than the thirsty Android Wear devices that had gone before. At 18 hours of normal use, it was a familiar story.

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Now that we know how small that battery is, of course, the fact that it performs about as well as many Android Wear watches is almost impressive. Almost.

Of course, if it’s stamina you most want in your smartwatch, you’re better off waiting for the release of the Pebble Time Steel with its 10-day battery life.