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Apple Watch battery will be replaceable, company confirms

by Jacob Kleinman | March 10, 2015March 10, 2015 7:00 am PDT

Apple finally revealed the battery life for its new smartwatch on Monday, promising that the device would last roughly 18 hours per charge. But batteries wear out over time, and for a high-priced gadget like the Apple Watch that could be a real issue. Thankfully, it looks like Apple has a plan to keep things humming along.

Speaking to TechCrunch, the company confirmed that you’ll be able to replace the Apple Watch battery if it starts to lose its luster. It’s unclear exactly how the process will work, or how much it might cost, but at least Cupertino is acknowledging the issue early on.

Apple hasn’t revealed how big the battery inside its new smartwatch actually is, though it’s promising 18 hours of life. Then again, if you use the Apple Watch to make lots of phone calls, listen to music constantly or track your workout that will shorten its lifespan significantly. Hopefully future models will find a way to pack even more power into the device’s small footprint, and hopefully you’ll be able to upgrade the battery in your first-generation smartwatch for a reasonable price. If not, there’s always the promise of third-party accessories with extra built-in power supplies to keep you charged all day long.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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