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Apple's upcoming watch will be more powerful than the original iPad, it has been claimed.

It will use a chip called the S1 specially developed by Apple.

It will be far more powerful than the Apple A4 chip on the original iPad, launched back in early April 2010 by Steve Jobs.

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Apple Watch will use a chip called the S1 specially developed by Apple for the firm's first wearable.


According top unconfirmed reports from 9to5mac, Apple's target for the Watch are:

2.5 to 4 hours of active application use 

19 hours of combined active/passive use

3 days of pure standby time

4 days if left in a sleeping mode,' it says.

 Apple Watch processor is called Apple S1, a 'system-in-package' (SiP) that contains a chip, RAM memory, NAND flash, and other components. 

The S1 is 'surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple's A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch,' according to the 9to5mac..

The A5 processor was also used in other 2011 iOS devices, including the second-generation iPad, the iPhone 4S, the Apple TV and iPad mini.

Apple was highly secretive about the S1 SiP, choosing not to reveal any details about this special component of the Apple Watch during the device's launch, or since.

However, a recent report said Samsung has won the contract to make the chips.





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The Watch will also feature a Retina high resolution screen far sharper than that in the opriginal iPad.

9to5mac also says battery life is set to be a key issue for Apple's much anticipated watch - and lifetime iptv box new claims reveal it will last for 19 hours on a single charge.

Tech blog 9to5mac also claims that in constant use, the battery will die after just four hours.

However, the tech giant is believed to be still working on the software in a bid to improve battery life before its expected ship date in March.  

'For the first time, people with knowledge of the Apple Watch's development have provided us with the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets,' 9to5mac's Mark Gurman said.

'According to our sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain.'

The S1 processor in Apple's Watch will be far more powerful than the Apple A4 chip on the original iPad, launched back in early April 2010 by Steve Jobs.

It says that Apple wanted the Watch to provide roughly 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use versus 19 hours of combined active/passive use, 3 days of pure standby time, or 4 days if left in a sleeping mode,' it says.

However, the site's sources say that Apple will only likely achieve approximately 2-3 days in either the standby or low-power modes. 

Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is claimed to be similar in performance to the version of Apple's A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch.

'We're told that Apple has been shooting for roughly 19 hours of mixed usage each day, but that the company may not hit that number in the first generation version.'  

Nearly 3,000 test units are said to be currently roaming around as Apple tries to get the battery life of the product right.

It comes just weeks after leaked screenshots revealed the app owners will use on their iPhone.

Called the companion app, the shots reveal several new capabilities of the Apple Watch - including the ability to customise its display with a monogram. 

It also shows how users will rearrange the watch's display, moving the apps they want.  

The Apple Watch will link to a special app on the user's iPhone via Bluetooth.


The Apple Watch will use three types of app. 

Notifications allow users to take action or respond right from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they've left the house, quickly accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late.

Glances, which quickly show users information they care about most, such as the latest news and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe.

Full apps can use a developer's own interface. 

'Within Apple, the application is currently called the Apple Watch 'Companion' app for iPhone,' said Mark Gurman of 9to5mac, who revealed the screenshots.

'This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity.'

Apple is putting the finishing touches to its Watch ahead of an expected launch in March - and yesterday released a test version of the software that will link it to an iPhone.

The latest release of iOS 8.2, expected to be launched within weeks, includes references to the much anticipated watch.

Apple Watch will link via Bluetooth and a special app on user's iPhone. 

'Inside of the Bluetooth Settings menu is a new panel specifically for pairing an iPhone with the Apple Watch,' said Mark Gurman of 9to5mac.

'Additionally, the instructions inside of the Bluetooth menu specifically indicate that Apple will release a dedicated 'Apple Watch app' for setting up and controlling the wearable device.

Apple has previously said the timepiece will be controlled by a special app. 

Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps onto the watch as well as manage Apple Watch settings.

A user's iPhone is also used to help with computational demands, and help preserve the watch's battery life. 

Sources familiar with the product's development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March, 

The app also reveals the iPhone's fitness capabilities (left) and the stock test messages users can use to reply from their wrist

So far Apple has refused to reveal exactly when it will be released, although a statement made to Apple employees suggests the release will be in 'the spring.' 

It has previously been claimed that suppliers were struggling to make enough screens and processors.

However, breakthroughs have been made in the number of successful yields for the watch's display and processor, according to Taiwan's United Daily News late last year. 

Now 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman says Apple Store employees are set to be trained in February.

'One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch,' he claims.

The Apple Watch will be available in three versions: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition, a high end version made of specially developed precious metals.

'These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.

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