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Apple Watch Probably Going To Need Charging Nightly

John Paczkowski at Re/code:

Reached for comment, Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris declined to provide an estimate on expected battery life, but said the company expects users will charge their Apple Watches once daily. “There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said. “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging.”

That’d be a bit of a deal-breaker for me, except then I read this from David Pogue’s hands-on article:

The fanciest model, the gold Apple Phone Edition, comes in a gorgeous jewelry box — which doubles as a charger. The back of the box has a Lightning connector, and the inside of the box has the watch’s magnetic round charger pad, standing vertically. So as you retire each night, you can just lay your gold watch into its case and let it charge.

If I can buy a nice-looking charging box separately, I could probably live with it.

Why Do I Want An Apple Watch?

This is why I’m worried that the lack of explanation about the Watch’s purpose wasn’t just a keynote oversight, but something that reflects a fundamental question about the product itself that Apple itself has yet to answer: is Watch an iPhone accessory, or is it valuable in its own right?

A great post from Ben Thompson of Stratechery. Read the whole thing, but I agree there was nothing in the Apple Watch announcement that made me think “I want that!”.

Right now, Android Wear’s ability to predict what I want to see on my wrist and serve it to me is beating Apple’s groovy little interface and sexy leather straps.

Seeing The Apple Watch In The Metal

Benjamin Clymer at Hodinkee:

And that leads me to my next point. Apple absolutely, positively, indisputably NAILED its straps and bracelets. In addition to offering a bevy of options from leather to fluoroelastomer to link bracelets to Milanese, it is here that you really see how much attention Apple was paying to the way people wear watches, and the how bad existing options were.

This has been my favourite piece on the minutia and the hardware details of the Apple Watch so far. Also, it makes me want to get one with a Milanese loop.