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Apple Watch Series 3 battery life impressive when streaming music

by Danny Zepeda | November 1, 2017November 1, 2017 12:30 pm PST

Apple rolled out the new watchOS 4.1 update for all Apple Watch models yesterday, and with it came the ability to stream music over LTE on the new Series 3 without the need of an iPhone. In the aftermath of the update, Apple has revealed how the new feature will impact battery life.

In a new page on its site, Apple broke down how battery life will hold up. The Apple Watch Series 3 will be able to stream up to 7 hours of music over LTE. That’s pretty solid.

Early tests show that the Apple Watch Series 3 running independently from the iPhone impacts battery life tremendously. For comparison, talk over LTE can only be done for one hour before the battery dies. That won’t be the case for music streaming.

Playing music on the Apple Watch Series 3 that was downloaded would get around 10 hours of battery life. Streaming a radio station brings battery life down to 5 hours. That’s something to take note of given Apple just added a new Radio app with the watchOS 4.1 update that includes Beats 1 and other marquee stations.

Apple also broke down other key battery information such as workout and charge time. The workout chart takes into consideration indoor and outdoor workouts as well as if you’re using GPS or LTE. It goes from a low of 3 hours with GPS and LTE enabled and streaming music outdoors to a high of 10 hours with an indoor workout. The battery will be charged 80-percent in 1.5 hours and 100-percent in 2 hours.

Still, even with Apple battery numbers, battery life will on a per unit basis depending on a number of factors.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...