Has Apple found a way to keep those darned iWatches ticking?

The iWatch rumor mill continues to tick-tick-tick.

On the heels of the very real news that Apple was locking down naming rights for its purpoted “iWatch” in countries scattered around the globe, MacRumors and other blogs are suggesting  the company may be working on battery-boosting technology to keep that wearable gadget from running out of steam, assuming it ever works up a steam to begin with.

Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette recently told AllThingsD that the company “buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Vague, indeed, but not vague enough to dampen speculation around Apple’s purchase of California-based Passif Semiconductor Corporation, a company that RedOrbit blog says “develops and builds low-power communications chips:

 

These are then used to facilitate the exchange of information between two or more devices. Though Apple has not officially announced their latest purchase, many are expecting the company to use these communications chips in the long-rumored iWatch, a device which is said to act as a remote and portal to a pocketed iPhone.

Various bloggers are wondering aloud whether Passif’s technology might help keep the iWatch ticking for four or five days, instead of just  the couple of days of use that the gadget’s battery now supposedly supports.

As MacRumors reported:

 According to rumors, battery life is one area where Apple has struggled in its iWatch development. A report in March suggested that the batteries in Apple’s iWatch prototypes were only lasting a couple of days, with the company targeting at least 4–5 days of battery life.

 

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Patrick May Patrick May (287 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.