Apple Watch 9 rumored to feature longer battery life with new processor technology
Apple Watch Series 9 is set to receive a new processor technology that could enhance its battery life, according to regular Apple information source Mark Gurman. In his newsletter’s Discord channel, Gurman claims that the new processor that will power the S9 SiP (system-in-package) will be based on the Apple A15 chip, which is notably more advanced than the A13 chip currently used. A more efficient chip could boost the battery life of the Series 9 even if nothing else changes. The new chip will probably be made using either a 4nm or 5nm process, which will make it more energy-efficient.
Apple’s processor designs have become more advanced and powerful while using roughly the same amount of energy. Therefore, it’s possible that Apple is able to achieve the same performance as the S8 from the S9 using less energy. The Series 9 is rumoured to be another minor update over the Series 8. However, Gurman suggests that the Apple Watch X might be where the action is. Apple has been under-selling the battery life of the best Apple Watches for years, and even though the real results still don’t match the best Garmin watches when it comes to lasting days and even weeks, it is still considered to be a quiet leap forward that Apple does not brag too hard about.
It is unclear whether Apple will still claim the same battery life in the Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 (which will probably use the new chip too). Currently, the Series 9 claims a battery life of 18 hours, while many users of the Series 8 have reported that they can get two days of use from it. If Apple doesn’t sell the new watch on its battery life, it remains to be seen what else it will add to make it feel different from the Series 8. Nonetheless, it is clear that Apple is always striving to improve its technology and provide better user experiences.