It’s coming up to the weekend before the Apple Watch is set to be properly launched at Spring forward event on Monday, and where this part of the week is ordinarily low-key as far as big tech reports are concerned, the blogosphere is currently under siege from info pertaining to Apple’s new wearable. Accompanying the report that Watch will offer a very respectable five hours of battery life when in continuous heavy use, it appears that a full charge will take only two hours, which is quite a good turnaround for a gadget that is touted to run for a whole day of continued use.
Aside from Apple Pay and all of the fitness-related functionality integrated with the Health app on iOS, we know that one of Apple Watch’s key selling points will be its ability to present notifications at a glance. It’s something that all smartwatches offer, and means that folk won’t need to continually extract their iPhones from their pockets to check if they’ve missed a call or received a message, and according to TechCrunch, the Apple Watch push notification system is smart enough to recognize when you’re not actually wearing the device.
Thus, you’ll only get the notifications when you have the watch on your wrist. If the device isn’t in contact with your skin, it won’t ping you, and you’ll essentially be back to the default, watch-less configuration of receiving notifications on your handset. Additionally, push notifications will not occur once the battery level reaches ten percent, and those last droplets of juice will instead be used to keep the device alive – if not necessarily kicking.
The report also adds that Apple has been making a few last-minute adjustments to the Digital Crown recently. It’s apparently weightier, adding to the high-end feel of the product overall, and when held down, it fires up an apparently very sprightly, polished Siri voice assistant. As such, users will be able to use voice commands for directions and other commands, and with the company seemingly having hit the all-day battery target, it looks like everything is in place for the mass roll-out.
Shipping will, according to Tim Cook, commence from next month, and hopefully, we’ll get a more specific retail date on Monday.