With battery life considered a major stumbling block for smartwatches, Apple’s rumored iWatch could use solar power or another form of wireless charging, according to a Feb. 2 report in The New York Times.
“[The iWatch is] expected to have a curved glass screen, and one idea is to add a solar-charging layer to that screen, which would give power to the device in daylight,” the newspaper reported.
In addition, “Apple has been testing a method to charge the battery wirelessly with magnetic induction,” the Times reported, noting that similar technology is now used in Nokia smartphones. These innovations, however, are likely “years away from reality.”
Apple has neither confirmed nor denied the reports of a forthcoming smartwatch.