According to A Blog To Watch, which received an early opportunity to thoroughly test the Apple Watch, Apple’s first wearable has a secret weapon against short battery life.
The first generation Apple Watch will require an iPhone for communication purposes, because it does not contain its own standalone cellular capabilities, but it will also reportedly offload some CPU processing to the iPhone itself. While the so-called S1 chip on the Apple Watch itself will do most of basic math, more complicated functions may be sent to the iPhone in real time, and conveyed back over WiFi, to less negatively impact the small battery.
Apple Watch will reportedly rely on a dedicated app to load apps, watch faces and make changes to the settings, and will likely need iOS 8.1 or even 8.2, to function. Apple hasn’t given a date for the release of the Watch, but indicated at the September 9th launch event that it would arrive sometime in “early 2015.” The base model will cost $349, but the 18-karat gold version could fetch up to $10,000, according to jewellers who regularly deal in the metal.