Just In: WatchOS 8.5 May Have Broken Fast Charging On The Apple Watch Series 7

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In spite of its shorter battery life, the Apple Watch Series 7 offered quicker charging than the previous generation. That is, up until last week, that is. According to a report from 9to5Mac, some customers are now reporting that the functionality no longer works after upgrading to watchOS 8.5.

The Series 7 is the only device that has fast charging. Apple claims that the Watch’s battery may be recharged from 0% to 80% in 45 minutes or less with this feature. Reddit, Apple’s support forums, and the MacRumors site are reporting that the charging speeds of Series 7 Watches have slowed to a crawl. The Watch was only able to charge around 5% in 15–20 minutes, according to several Reddit users. According to an Apple forum post, the Watch charges at a rate of 5 percent every hour. According to Apple, the Apple Watch SE can reach an 80 percent charge in 1.5 hours.

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Initially, it looked like Belkin’s 3-in-1 BoostCharge Pro was affected. While this is still being debated, some have suggested that the issue may apply to Apple’s own fast-charging puck as well. Apple and Belkin did not respond to requests for comment from The Verge right away.

As a result of this, although 9to5Mac claims to have confirmed the issue, The Verge was not in a position to duplicate it using a 41mm Series 7 with fast-charging puck and 20W Apple charging brick as described above.

The Apple Watch’s battery life is still one of its biggest “hurdles.” Apple has kept to its 18-hour battery life estimate since the Watch’s inception. It’s possible that you’ll be able to acquire a little more time, but you’ll still have to pay every day. To alleviate the pain of deciding when to recharge your watch, particularly for those who use it for sleep monitoring, fast charging was introduced.

In order to take use of the Series 7’s quick charging capabilities, you’ll have to go through a few hoops. To charge the Series 7, you’ll need a USB-C brick, which is not included in the box but can be purchased separately. Apple also has strict requirements for the brick (which you can see here). When using a Series 7 charger with an earlier Apple Watch, you won’t be able to charge it at a quicker rate. A third-party charger, on the other hand, is unlikely to offer faster charging. Belkin’s chargers are currently the only third-party chargers that offer the capability.

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