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Apple Watch: Bigger model boasts improved battery life

Apple has confirmed its 42mm Apple Watch will have a better battery life than the smaller 38mm variant.

This titbit was revealed on a new webpage Apple has set up dedicated to detailing battery expectations for its fledgling wearable.

For starters, Apple is claiming an ‘all-day battery life’ for the Apple Watch, which translates to up to 18 hours.

That’s reportedly factoring in things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and brief daily workouts.

Apple even outs some specifics in terms of usage, saying the figure can be achieved with 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback via Bluetooth.

Apple also said the Watch can manage 3 hours of talk time on a full charge, as well as 6.5 hours of audio playback.

For keen athletes, you’ll also be able to get a full 7 hours of workout from the Apple Watch, which should suit even the most zealous fitness fanatics.

Related: Is the Apple Watch really any better than Android Wear?

It’s also worth noting that there are a few ways to extend the life far beyond the 18 hours of normal usage.

According to Apple, 48 hours of battery life can be achieved if you only check the time 5 times an hour, while Power Reserve mode will boost this to 72 hours with 4 time checks per hour.

The report also detailed charge time, revealing that 1.5 hours of plug-in will provide 80 per cent charge, while 2.5 hours will take the juice meter to full.

It’s unsurprising that Apple has gone into great detail about exactly how the Apple Watch battery performs under stress.

One of the primary pre-release concerns about the Apple Watch, and smartwatches in general, is the worry of poor battery life.

Fortunately, it seems as though Apple has managed to squeeze in enough battery power in a watch to handle most of the usage people will expect from their wrist-borne tech.

The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order starting April 10.

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