Apple confirms Watch battery is replaceable

If you’re worried about spending hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch only for its battery to deteriorate and die after a few years, you’ll be pleased to know that it is replaceable. However, exactly how you go about getting a replacement remains unclear for now.

“Well, when it comes to the battery at least, owners of Apple Watch will be able to extend its lifespan,” TechCrunch reports. “An Apple spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch the “battery is replaceable”.”

The question that remains is how you’ll get it replaced. We’re almost certain Apple won’t make it easy for users to do it themselves, so it will likely require a trip to the Genius Bar — and presumably you’ll need to pay for it if the device is more than a year old.

The Watch’s electronics are integrated on Apple’s in-house designed system-in-a-package chip dubbed the S1. Sadly, the company did not say whether or not it would offer an upgrade path for owners to replace the S1 processor with a next-generation variant.

If you ask me, that won’t happen because future-generation Watches may, and probably will, sport an updated design and include new dedicated sensors.

The Apple Watch goes on pre-order beginning April 10 and is scheduled to ship in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom on April 24.

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