On Friday a report suggested that Apple is focusing on health and fitness uses for its rumored iWatch, and that iOS 8 make pack a “Healthbook” app that will help users track their health progress. Over the weekend, The New York Times published its own report detailing what it has learned about Apple’s progress into the wearable space.
The news outlet said that Apple is testing several methods for charging the iWatch. One method takes advantage of inductive charging, most commonly referred to as wireless charging, which would allow you to charge the iWatch without plugging it in. Instead, you’ll likely be able to drop it onto a charging plate, similar to what existing solutions from Qi already allow.
Additionally, Apple has researched using solar panels inside of a curved glass screen, which would allow the watch to charge while you’re going about your regular life outside in the sun. The New York Times only said Apple has “experimented” with the idea, however, and that real implementation is “years from becoming a reality.” Apple has also researched a form of kinetic charging that would allow the iWatch to charge when you move.
Last year we learned that Apple may have run into battery life issues with the iWatch, and that is a problem that has affected other devices on the market such as the Galaxy Gear, which only lasts a couple of days on a single charge. The Pebble smartwatch has much better battery life, about 5-7 days, though it has a small and low power eInk display. Apple’s watch will reportedly run some form of iOS and hopefully has a color display, which will add to the battery drain.
Most rumors suggest Apple will launch the iWatch sometime this year, and we hope it has those kinks worked out by the time it hits store shelves.