Always on display

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  1. BrodieApple macrumors 6502

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    I hope with watchOS 4 an always on display option is added with options of black and white or colour.
    Obviously, battery life is the concern. My series 2 however is on 70% after my day, so an always on display to me would be very convenient and make the watch look more appealing. Apples advertises the watch as if this is a feature.. Look in todays commercial for example anyway I reallly want this feature
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I can understand why you would want and always on display, as others do as well. But Apple never advertised the Apple Watch having an always on display or even indicated remotely close that it has this feature currently. So I'm not sure what exactly you're referring to.
     
  3. BrodieApple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    watch Apple Watch Series 2 — Live Bright — Apple
    In all the scenes, the screen is lit up when they're not looking at it at all
     
  4. Tapiture macrumors 6502a

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    Well one thing you can do is set it up so when you tap it it stays awake for 70 seconds instead of the default 15. This is probably what Apple does when they film the ads. I have mine setup this way and usually end the day with 40-50% battery.
     
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I watched the video. I did see that the display appears to be illuminated in almost every scene as you mentioned. But, that doesn't indicate Apple advertising to watch having always on display as you mentioned in your first post.

    Apple is using their marketing here to show you the Series 2 added brightness of the screen in darker settings for the Series 2 (Which is twice the brightness over Series 1.) That was the whole point of the video was to advocate the screen brightness in dark settings. So they're not advertising this is a feature, more so, the brightness capabilities.

    But that doesn't mean we won't see always on display in the future.
     
  6. BrodieApple thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. worker73 macrumors member

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    I, too, would love the always on display.

    BTW, what am I missing when it comes to setting up the screen to stay on for 70 sec? Mine is just the 15seconds.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Under settings on the Watch, General, Wake Screen, then scroll down and you have two options: 15 or 70 seconds for the display to stay on when you tap to wake it.
     
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  10. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    I think just a very basic watch face - maybe like the minimal face without indicators but just the hands for example should be possible? It's OLED so should only use power for the lit up pixels right?
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Perhaps. But I think if Apple permitted an always on display, it should be applicable to all Watch Faces, not just a Watch hand or limited to certain Watch faces.
     
  12. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    Of course, but I just meant they could make the standby-screen very basic - so no matter how your normal screen looks you can get a dim clock either digital or analogue
     
  13. Julien macrumors G4

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    'If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it'
    'Does the refrigerator light stay on when you close the door'

    :Do_O;)
     
  14. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    I really don't see the point of an always on screen. My screen comes on and uses battery when I need it to, and remains off and does't use battery when I'm not looking at my watch.

    I don't leave my TV on when I'm not watching it, my speakers on when I'm not listening to them, or my car running when I'm not driving it.
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    ^ I would agree with Mr. Gimper. I personally could care less if Apple introduces an always on display. I don't look at my Watch unless needed and if I need to, I can just tap the display or raise to wake, which suits me fine. But I understand why someone would appreciate having an always on display for various reasons.
     
  16. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    I'm with you most of the way - I'm happy 99% of the time and a perfected raise to wake might do the job, but sometimes it's just an awkward angle (and doesn't wake up) or using my computer at my desk, where a glance would give me quick overview, but now nothing - small 1% of the time, so might not be worth it unless Apple can make it work without much draw on the battery
     
  17. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    That makes sense. And you are correct, there is times where the display doesn't activate as it should based on when you raise your wrist. I will say it's much more sensitive with the raise to wake since the first watchOS.
     
  18. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I would really like this feature - kinda like the Moto X and current Samsung devices work ---- a gray, not too visible clock that is in the center of the screen - taking almost no energy to illuminate - tha'd be pretty cool imo. I am on my second day of use and my watch is at 82% with raise to wake and an hour of exercising yesterday. I'd gladly sacrifice half of that for an always on "watch" face that is a battery saving grey always on time type feature like the Samsung phones have. That said, I guess we'd probably start worrying about screen burn-in and all that.

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    https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/blue-lights-leds-consume-more-power-than-red-and-green.884636/

    Having a lightly visible red small 8:00am that circulates around the screen would be cool.


    However, now that I think about it more... most people bring their watch to their face to check the time - so an always on clock would have to disable Raise to Wake or something like that.
     
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  20. thisisagoodidea macrumors newbie

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    In a nutshell, I would like to be able to glance at my watch and see the time, without moving either of my hands.
     
  21. DamFu macrumors regular

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    Why is it important to have an always on screen? What benefit is it if you are not looking at the screen?
     
  22. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    More mechanical watch like. Can glance at it without having to raise wrist. - taking a guess at this. I know for me I’d love a Samsung like ability to display the time only all the time and disable raise to wake but have tap to wake on. So I could always see the time whenever I wanted.
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I don’t think an always on display would have been something possible with the first generation Apple Watch or even the Series one, mainly because It didn’t have the battery power to suffice. Even if it could be an existing feature on future Apple Watches, it’s not something I would probably utilize. Raise to wake works well or tapping the display.
     
  24. mario-64 macrumors regular

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    The reason it is important is that Raise to Wake does not always work. If it did, always on would be irrelevant. Countless times my AW (any generation) screen has not come on because it didn't detect my raise action
     
  25. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    I don't think Apple uses a stock Apple watch to film their ads. They may have rigged a few pieces to be always on to film the commercials. Apple is notorious for using phones with no camera bump in commercials.
     

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