Apple Watch Will Be More Powerful Than The Original IPad
Apple's upcoming watch will be more powerful than the original iPad, it has been claimed.
It will use a chip called the S1 specially developed by Apple.
It will be far more powerful than the Apple A4 chip on the original iPad, launched back in early April 2010 by Steve Jobs.
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Apple Watch will use a chip called the S1 specially developed by Apple for the firm's first wearable.
APPLE WATCH BATTERY LIFE
According top unconfirmed reports from 9to5mac, Apple's target for the Watch are:
2.5 to 4 hours of active application use
19 hours of combined active/passive use
3 days of pure standby time
4 days if left in a sleeping mode,' it says.
Apple Watch processor is called Apple S1, a 'system-in-package' (SiP) that contains a chip, RAM memory, NAND flash, and other components.
The S1 is 'surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple's A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch,' according to the 9to5mac..
The A5 processor was also used in other 2011 iOS devices, including the second-generation iPad, the iPhone 4S, the Apple TV and iPad mini.
Apple was highly secretive about the S1 SiP, choosing not to reveal any details about this special component of the Apple Watch during the device's launch, or since.
However, a recent report said Samsung has won the contract to make the chips.
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The Watch will also feature a Retina high resolution screen far sharper than that in the opriginal iPad.
9to5mac also says battery life is set to be a key issue for Apple's much anticipated watch - and new claims reveal it will last for 19 hours on a single charge.
Tech blog 9to5mac also claims that in constant use, the battery will die after just four hours.
However, the tech giant is believed to be still working on the software in a bid to improve battery life before its expected ship date in March.
'For the first time, people with knowledge of the Apple Watch's development have provided us with the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets,' 9to5mac's Mark Gurman said.
'According to our sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain.'
The S1 processor in Apple's Watch will be far more powerful than the Apple A4 chip on the original iPad, launched back in early April 2010 by Steve Jobs.
It says that Apple wanted the Watch to provide roughly 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use versus 19 hours of combined active/passive use, 3 days of pure standby time, or 4 days if left in a sleeping mode,' it says.
However, the site's sources say that Apple will only likely achieve approximately 2-3 days in either the standby or low-power modes.
Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is claimed to be similar in performance to the version of Apple's A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch.
'We're told that Apple has been shooting for roughly 19 hours of mixed usage each day, but that the company may not hit that number in the first generation version.'
Nearly 3,000 test units are said to be currently roaming around as Apple tries to get the battery life of the product right.
It comes just weeks after leaked screenshots revealed the app owners will use on their iPhone.
Called the companion app, the shots reveal several new capabilities of the Apple Watch - including the ability to customise its display with a monogram.
It also shows how users will rearrange the watch's display, moving the apps they want.
The Apple Watch will link to a special app on the user's iPhone via Bluetooth.
THE THREE TYPES OF APP
The Apple Watch will use three types of app.
Notifications allow users to take action or respond right from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they've left the house, quickly accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late.
Glances, which quickly show users information they care about most, such as the latest news and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe.
Full apps can use a developer's own interface.
'Within Apple, the application is currently called the Apple Watch 'Companion' app for iPhone,' said Mark Gurman of 9to5mac, who revealed the screenshots.
'This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity.'
Apple is putting the finishing touches to its Watch ahead of an expected launch in March - and yesterday released a test version of the software that will link it to an iPhone.
The latest release of iOS 8.2, expected to be launched within weeks, includes references to the much anticipated watch.
Apple Watch will link via Bluetooth and a special app on user's iPhone.
'Inside of the Bluetooth Settings menu is a new panel specifically for pairing an iPhone with the Apple Watch,' said Mark Gurman of 9to5mac.
'Additionally, the instructions inside of the Bluetooth menu specifically indicate that Apple will release a dedicated 'Apple Watch app' for setting up and controlling the wearable device.
Apple has previously said the timepiece will be controlled by a special app.
Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps onto the watch as well as manage Apple Watch settings.
A user's iPhone is also used to help with computational demands, and help preserve the watch's battery life.
Sources familiar with the product's development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March,
The app also reveals the iPhone's fitness capabilities (left) and the stock test messages users can use to reply from their wrist
So far Apple has refused to reveal exactly when it will be released, although a statement made to Apple employees suggests the release will be in 'the spring.'
It has previously been claimed that suppliers were struggling to make enough screens and processors.
However, breakthroughs have been made in the number of successful yields for the watch's display and processor, according to Taiwan's United Daily News late last year.
Now 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman says Apple Store employees are set to be trained in February.
'One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, lifetime iptv box California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch,' he claims.
The Apple Watch will be available in three versions: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition, a high end version made of specially developed precious metals.
'These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.'
The employees will then train the rest of their store's staff, it is believed.
Unveiled on September 9 at Apple's iPhone 6 launch event, the Apple Watch is the company's foray into wearable computers.
Samsung, LG, Motorola and Microsoft have already launched their own smartwatches, but Apple is expected to face unprecedented demand for its watch.
Quanta, which is building the watch, has upped its number of workers from 2,000 to 10,000 and is ultimately aiming for 20,000.
The initial round of shipments will be 3 to 5 million watches.
Apple anticipates a total of 24 million watches to be shipped during 2015, G for Games said.
According to 9to5Mac, Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores hinted at the release date when she told staff: 'We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring.'
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook unveiled the watch at a launch event in September.
He didn't announce exactly when the watch would be available, but said it would go on sale 'early next year.'
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE APPLE WATCH
Built-in is a 'taptic engine' that responds to a subtle vibrations users feel on their wrist for notifications
The watch has a completely new user interface, different from the iPhone, and the 'crown' on the Apple Watch is a dial called the 'digital crown.'
Users can turn the crown to zoom in and out on a map, or scroll a list. The crown can also be pressed to take the user back to the home screen.
Different areas on the watch face can be customised with taps and swipes, and force touches.
The Glances feature shows info users would like to see, similar to Google Now, and is accessed by swiping the screen up from the bottom.
Music can also be controlled on an iPhone through the Apple Watch.
Built-in is a 'taptic engine' that responds to a subtle vibrations users feel on their wrist for notifications.
It understands questions in messages and then offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone.
Users can also talk to the watch and send a voice reply, or have it transcribed to them.
There is no keyboard on the watch, and messages can only be sent through dictation, or emoji.
Siri also is built into the Apple Watch.
A 'source close to Apple' told The Information last month that the firm 'would be lucky to ship [the watch] before Valentine's Day'.
Chinese New Year falls on 19 February next year, so Ms Ahrendts comments push it at least beyond this date.
Despite the range of impressive features unveiled by Mr Cook, there was something he failed to mention: battery life.
The telling omission suggests the watch's battery life will be the Achilles Heel of the device when it eventually does go on sale.
Apple is said to be unhappy with the watch's battery life, and the long lead time before the $349 (£216) product ships could mean the device will be more functional once it's released early next year.
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook (pictured) unveiled the watch at a launch event in September. Although he didn't reveal battery life details, Mr Cook did spend some time talking about the Watch's charging system, which combines Apple's MagSafe technology with inductive charging
Most existing smartwatches on the market, such as Pebble and MetaWatch, tend to last up to a week on a single charge.
The closest Cook came to talking about the battery life for the Watch was saying that users would 'charge it at night.'
During an interview in Bloomberg Business Week, Apple's senior vice president of operations Jeff WIlliams said: 'We want to make the best product in the world.
'One of our competitors is on their fourth or fifth attempt, but nobody is wearing them.'
The company's chief executive added that the Apple Watch 'can be worn all day, for any occasion,' but hourly figures were notably absent.
A source said Apple is unhappy with the watch's battery life, according to Re/Code. Another source confirmed to the technology site that that the battery life 'is about a day now.'
The watch has a completely new user interface (left), different from the iPhone, and the 'crown' on the Apple Watch is a dial called the 'digital crown' (right) presented by chief executive Tim Cook
The company's chief executive added the Apple Watch 'can be worn all day, for any occasion,' but hourly figures were notably absent. The long lead time before the $349 (£216) product ships could mean the device will be more functional once it's released early next year
A spokesperson for Apple declined to provide battery details to MailOnline and said they will be revealed closer to launch next year.
Like many of Apple's other products, the Apple Watch appears to have a sealed back, which means the battery cannot be replaced.
This suggests that the entire $349 (£216) device will have to be replaced, once the battery eventually deteriorates from constant charging and use.
Another concern is the launch of the health and activity-tracking apps on the Apple Watch, which will rely on adequate battery life for round-the-clock monitoring.
Companies including Fitbit and Withings have health trackers that are designed to be worn at night too, monitoring sleep patterns through movements.
However, if the Watch has to be charged at night, vital health signs could be missed by the gadget which Apple says will 'motivate people to be more active and more healthy.'
Apple did, however, spend some time talking about the Watch's charging system, which combines Apple's MagSafe technology with inductive charging.
Apple's silence on battery life suggests the company is still working to improve the feature.
The success of the device could hang on whether or not it manages to do it in time.
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