The Apple Watch could soon be accompanied by a bracelet equipped with several small batteries. In order to catch up in the field of autonomy, Apple has developed a flexible strap encased with accumulators.
Since their arrival on the market in 2015, the range of Apple Watch has suffered from an autonomy below the competition. Users must imperatively go through the recharge box every evening to prevent the connected watch from going into Reserve mode. After this mode is activated, Apple Watch cannot communicate with iPhone. It is therefore content to display the time (like a classic watch).
During our test of the Apple Watch Series 6, the latest high-end connected watch from the manufacturer, we were able to last 2 days by limiting our use. Opposite, the Android competition offers connected watches offering several weeks of autonomy. This is particularly the case with Honor’s Watch GS Pro or the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. These two watches offer an autonomy of around 14 days. Obviously, the Apple Watch consumes more power because it offers more features than its rivals.
Increase battery life without enlarging the Apple Watch case
Determined to catch up with the competition, Apple would considerinclude batteries in bracelets compatible with future Apple Watch. On December 1, a patent to this effect was published in the database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The Californian giant describes a watch strap that contains a series of integrated batteries. This bracelet lined with accumulators arranged next to each other would allow Apple tooffer additional autonomy to the Watch. In this way, the firm compensates for the reduced size battery which is integrated within the watch without increasing the thickness of the case.
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Despite these built-in batteries, the bracelet described by Apple’s patent is not rigid. In order to propose a flexible and comfortable bracelet to wear around the wrist, the Cupertino company has developed a special seal technology. De facto, the bracelet would still be able to flex around the wrist. For now, there is no indication that Apple really intends to exploit the technologies described in the patent. Indeed, Apple sometimes files patents in order to secure the use of a technology and put a spoke in the wheels of the competition.
Source: Patently Apple