So now that we’re certain all of us has our handy Apple Watch, we’re left no solace as the darn thing dies right before you send your boss that career-saving memo. D’oh!
No worries. Apple is releasing an Apple Watch “Reserve Strap” in November to extend by life by thirty hours. Huzzah!
WHY WE SHOULD LIKE THIS
This will free Apple Watch users from the potential woes of over-charging their watches overnight. Yes, it’s true, if you leave an electronic device plugged in for long periods of time after it’s already at full power, you will eventually reduce the battery’s total energy capacity, causing it to die younger, and younger, until finally when you press that power button it will only yawn, and blink and die again.
HOW THE BAND’S DESIGN CAME TO BE
But anyway the Reserve Strap’s been through two major redesigns since its debut in early March. Its developers, Lane Musgrave and John Arrow have worked day and night to achieve that chic look and extravagant functionality.
The final look is 25mm wide, 3-9mm thick, with a total weight of 65 grams. Initially designed to be made of rubber and metal combined into some synthetic Thermoset Elastomer Silicone band that would have been “as resistant to water as the Apple Watch,” it has since evolved into more practical forms.
WHEN YOU CAN ACQUIRE THE BAND
Set for shipment on November 3, 2015, Apple informs us that this strap could assuage users’ mulling over whether or not their Apple Watch could even make it through a full day alive. The new strap is in full compliance with Apple’s original band design guidelines for the wearable. The specs intimate that if the band and watch are both drained, the two can stay together and be charged simultaneously à la micro USB.
HOW IT WORKS
To begin charging simply press the power button once. The watch may be used during the charging process, which should take around 60-75 minutes. If the user leaves the strap on during use, the Apple Watch will drain the Strap’s power to keep itself at 100 percent, until the Strap dies. The LED will glow green, yellow or red depending on whether the charge is full, partial or nil, respectively.