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Apple publishes a product information sheet which details the battery capacities for the various watch models.Some notable points:
Larger sizeApple Watch Series 5 44mm—1.13 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 4 44mm—1.12 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 3 42mm—1.34 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 2 42mm—1.27 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 1 42mm—0.93 Wh ratingApple Watch 1st gen (Series 0) 42mm—0.93 Wh ratingSmaller sizeApple Watch Series 5 40mm—0.95 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 4 40mm—0.86 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 3 38mm—1.07 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 2 38mm—1.03 Wh ratingApple Watch Series 1 38mm—0.93 Wh ratingApple Watch 1st gen (Series 0) 38mm—0.93 Wh rating
- Apple used the same battery in both sizes of the 1st gen (Series 0) and Series 1 watches.
- The 40mm Series 5 watch has 10% more battery capacity than the 40mm Series 4 model, compared to less than a 1% YoY increase for the 44mm model. In fact, the Series 5 changes take the 40mm model from the smallest battery in the lineup to one with 2% more capacity than even the larger 1st gen (Series 0) and Series 1 models.
- Series 3 models have the largest battery capacity for their respective sizes (but are also the thickest).
TL;DR Series 5 is a big battery upgrade for 40mm watch users but 44mm watch users may notice similar (or less) battery life due to combination of the always-on display, lower power display hardware and minimal battery changes.
My take on this is that their financial model charges more for concurrent streaming to multiple devices. As iOS 13 will allow multiple instances of the same app to be open on iPad you could theoretically airplay one video to a TV while watching a second video on the iPad using picture-in-picture mode.
rogifan_new said:$1199 Ouch. So what’s the point of the retina MacBook now? No mention of it on stage yet so I assume it’s just getting a spec bump unless Apple is killing it?
Apple could have easily offered a 128GB retina MacBook at the (US$1199). I think Apple intentionally withheld a 128GB MacBook so the 13.3 inch retina Air could launch at the lowest price point, fulfilling the 'Air' promise.
In reality the 13.3 inch retina Air is being strategically massaged into a non-entry-level price bracket.
The legacy Air ($999) received no update marking it as end-of-life. When that goes what is being called the new Air will functionally be a 13 inch retina MacBook. The 12 inch MacBook model has a smaller display, slower processor, fewer ports, and no Touch ID. A price drop is the only thing holding it back from being the entry-level laptop.