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Apple Watch 6 and beyond may offer far better battery life

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Battery life continues to be the problem that smartwatch manufacturers have been trying to solve, and it seems like Apple may have a new formula to try and solve it on future Apple Watches.

According to a report from Economic Daily News (opens in new tab), the Apple Watch may soon feature microLED displays over the traditionally used OLED tech.

That report says the company is ready to do this from next year, which means it's unlikely to be a switch we see for the Apple Watch 5. That next version is expected to be announced in September this year.

It's said that these microLED displays are more power-efficient than the OLED screens that Apple is currently using, but we don't know exactly how much better the battery life would be.

It's unlikely to be an absolutely game changing amount, but the company is also bringing in a variety of software optimizations through its latest updates to try and improve the wearable's general lifespan from a single charge.

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There's no gurantee the switch will actually happen, but the report suggests the company has signed deals with two new Taiwanese suppliers for microLED tech so it looks like this will actually happen.

It's unlikely to make an impact on the price you pay for your smartwatch, but if it improves battery life on the Apple Watch 6 and beyond it may help the company stay on top with its smartwatch series.

Via PhoneArena (opens in new tab)

James is Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He's currently most excited about the Samsung Galaxy S22, God of War: Ragnarok and the rumored foldable iPhone.