The Apple Watch won’t be available until April 24th, but now that Apple has revealed pricing details for its first line of smartwatches, the company is starting to answer some of the questions people have had about the devices.
Wonder how much storage space the Apple Watch has? 8GB… but you can only use 2GB for music, 75MB for photos, and the rest is reserved for apps, the operating system, and other data.
Want to know if the battery can replaced? Yes… kind of.
TechCrunch reports that you’ll have to send your watch in to Apple to have the battery replaced. You can’t just pop open the case and insert a new battery yourself.
That solves one of my big questions: Why would spend thousands of dollars on a top-tier Apple Watch Edition that needs to be charged every day if it means that within a few years the battery will be dead and the watch will be useless? Apparently the answer is that you can get a new battery and keep the watch running for years to come.
What we still don’t know is if anyone will want to keep using a first-generation Apple Watch in 5 or 10 years. Surely there will be new models with more efficient hardware for longer battery life, faster processors, or other advanced features by then?
It’s also not clear how long Apple will continue to support the first-gen Apple Watch with software updates. The company no longer rolls out new software for first-gen iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, or other old hardware.
The $10,000 to $17,000 price tags for the most expensive Apple Watch Edition wristwear aren’t actually ridiculous if you compare these watches to high-end analog watches. But those watches are meant to last for decades or even centuries… it’s not clear at this point just how long the useful lifespan of an Apple Watch will be.
Of course, while Apple is positioning its high-end watches as fashion accessories, they’re not the company’s only models. The Apple Watch Sport Edition has a starting price of $349, which makes it a bit pricey when compared with a Samsung, Motorola, or Pebble smartwatch. But it’s a lot easier to justify spending $349 on a device that might stop getting software updates in a few years than $17,000. After all, plenty of people already do that with smartphones that get replaced every two years or so.