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LTE Apple Watch Battery Tests: Will cellular destroy the Series 3 battery?

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LTE Apple Watch Battery Tests: Will cellular destroy the Series 3 battery?

We've got solely were given Apple's numbers thus far, however we're going to be doing thru checks for our evaluation.

The brand new Series 3 Apple Watch will convey a much-requested function when it launches on the 22nd: Cellular and LTE connectivity. That signifies that, sure, you are able to make phone calls, ship messages and emails, get instructions, use third-party apps, and provides Siri instructions.

LTE is fully-functional to your Apple Watch when your iPhone is not provide until you particularly disable it, so just about the rest you'll be able to do to your Apple Watch along with your iPhone hooked up, you are able to do when solely hooked up by way of Cellular. In reality, you are able to do some bit extra: The Series 3 GPS + Cellular type may also help you movement any track from Apple Tune's 40,000,000 track catalog beginning in October.

However without a discernible casing measurement alternate nor battery bump, how will the Series 3's battery existence fare? Apple, as all the time, has completed some initial pre-release checks, which we've proper right here.

Apple's pre-release trying out

In step with the corporate's battery tests, each Series 3 watches (GPS-only in addition to GPS + Cellular) proceed to moderate 18 hours of battery existence, with specifics highlighted beneath:

All-day battery existence is in line with 18 hours with the following use: 90 time tests, 90 notifications, 45 mins of app use, and a 30-minute exercise with tune playback from Apple Watch by way of Bluetooth, over the process 18 hours.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) utilization contains connection to iPhone by way of Bluetooth right through the whole 18-hour take a look at. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) utilization contains a complete of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to iPhone by way of Bluetooth over the process 18 hours.

Whilst Apple does not notice which watch configuration it used for those checks (38mm or 42mm), it did peg the Cellular watch at 18 hours' with 4 hours of LTE and 14 hours of iPhone connectivity — about what the moderate individual would possibly use in a given day.

Explicit battery checks, alternatively, are a long way much less forgiving. This is how the Series 3 fared in Apple's single-task checks:

  • Communicate: 3 hours hooked up to iPhone, 1 hour w/ Cellular
  • Audio: 10 hours w/ Bluetooth (Apple Tune streaming now not examined)
  • Exercise: 10 hours w/ iPhone, 5 hours the usage of simply GPS, 4 hours the usage of GPS + Cellular

Herein lies the problem of a GPS + Cellular-enabled watch: In opting for to pursue connectivity over battery existence, Apple nonetheless does not somewhat have the battery numbers to make long-distance runners (like ultra-marathoners) glad if they are the usage of GPS, let on my own GPS + Cellular.

Checks we plan to run

We will be doing in depth battery trying out for our Series 3 evaluation to check out and ensure and expound on those numbers, so keep tuned. Thus far, our listing contains:

  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular 38mm vs 42mm
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular with Cellular disabled vs GPS-only
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular messaging-only
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular workout routines with steady center price tracking disabled
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular vs Series 2
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular vs Series 1
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular vs related health tracker

If in case you have battery checks you want us to run, drop it beneath and we're going to paintings it in after we evaluation the watches.


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