During the presentation held in September, Apple presented a number of new products, among which were Apple Watch of the fifth generation. Previously, the watch would automatically turn off the screen if the wearer lowered his hand because the running display consumed a lot of power, significantly affecting the battery life of Apple Watch. Now it didn’t seem necessary, because one of the main features of the new watch, according to the developers, was the Always-on Display mode, thanks to which the clock screen constantly displays notifications, time, and other useful data. At the same time, the new activated mode should not have had a significant impact on battery power and the battery life of the watch. As it turned out, it wasn’t that simple.
As previously reported, this has been achieved with LTPO OLED technology, which allows the display frequency to range from 1 to 60 Hz, thus significantly reducing the power consumption of the new Apple Watch. A recent review and comparison of fourth and fifth-generation watches from the iFixit website showed that there was no significant increase in battery capacity, so the authors of the material admitted that the device duration is provided by the new technology and not by a large battery.
The watch has been available for a long time, but not everyone was delighted with the new feature. The famous techno blogger Marques Brownlie passed with a novelty on his hands for two weeks and made the most unpleasant conclusions about the revolutionary function.
He noted that with the Always-on Display mode activated on the watch, its battery runs out as much as 30 percent faster than when activated by a gesture. A third of the battery charge isn’t the same as what was advertised.
Other Apple Watch 5 users have also reported that the watch does not hold its charge well, but the problem does not appear to be mass. Leading owners of “greedy” copies with Reddit believe that fast discharging can be associated with the software, namely the algorithm responsible for the frequency of updating the display of the watch. It is possible that when the Always-on Display mode is activated, it will cause a malfunction, which will result in serious battery consumption.
The problem of battery leakage existed in previous models of Apple watches, but in most cases it was possible to solve them yourself. In some cases, a good old-fashioned reboot of the device helped, after which the battery consumption dropped significantly.
In some cases the way out of a situation was offered and developers themselves. Apple is constantly improving the software on its devices, not only by adding new features to the software but also by optimizing its performance. These improvements could also have had a positive impact on battery life. It happened that the wearer had to raise his hand often with the watch – this also didn’t have the best effect on the autonomy of the watch, so switching off the screen activation when he raised his hand sometimes worked too.
Whether the wearer has tried at least some of the following methods is unknown. Apparently, they haven’t. Or the tips described above have had no effect.