Always On

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by vikingjunior, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. vikingjunior macrumors 65816

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    I love my Apple Watch although coming from a LG urbane with "always on" face it's hard to adjust. Heck even adjusting from a normal watch is hard for me because of that second delay on the face.

    Also it looks more watch like with the always on face. So do you think Apple may implement a "always on" face similar to LG in OS watch 3.0?
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    It's not even mentioned as a feature so no.

    I thought the always-on face on some of the other watches was a dumbed down face and the actual face pops up when in use.
     
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    Maybe with the second version of the watch because of better battery life. Not with watchOS 3.

    Just not sure how much this is needed. Do we want always on for others to see and be distracted. Do we want on for a dim screen in case raise the wrist doesn't work? If all fridges were always on - even when closed, would that be a good idea when 99% of the time you will never see it to know it is on? :)

    I would take always on if it was a simple time only on a black background just in case of a failed wrist raise but that is so rare and I don't notice a delay other than watch os3 with activity face.
     
  5. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    I would take a dumbed down face over a blank face on the watch. It makes it impossible to simply glance at your wrist for the time when you are in the middle of a conversation, but have to be somewhere else at X time.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    You might as well rotate the AW to wake it. I can always tell when people try to glance at their watch, no matter how inconspicuous they try to be.
     
  7. vikingjunior thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Actually the battery life on the LG was excellent as it would dim the screen and not be so obnoxious. Of course you can always turn it off.
     
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    It is dumbed down. My buddy has the Samsung S2. It displays this "skeleton" always on face and when you lift your wrist it turns into a full watch face. The transition is terrible.
     
  9. vikingjunior thread starter macrumors 65816

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    LOL I try training myself to turn my wrist before looking, it's all muscle memory.
     
  10. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    You might notice if I jumped up and down and yelled "What time is it?" "What time is it?" just as easily as when I glance at a watch, be we are talking about degrees of what is currently socially acceptable. A lot of people have normal watches, so a glance is socially acceptable and many won't notice if you are sly about it. Rotating your wrist, having your screen light up, and then looking down during a conversation isn't as bad as jumping up and down, but it isn't as good as having an always on face, either.

    I would prefer an always on "dumb" screen to not having a screen at all. I am sure Apple can figure out the transition issues if the dumb screen is based on one of their regular watch faces.
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Not going to happen with the Apple watch. Not unless they change the screen technology and it would not be near as nice to look at. I can wait that second for the screen to activate, I bet you can too.
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    With lots of practice you should be able to do it!
     
  12. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    I don't think a black, blank screen is all that attractive myself and the worst part is that it isn't functional at all, either.
     
  13. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps an E-Ink / OLED hybrid display in a future Apple Watch would allow for an always-on display?

    It doesn't bother me that the display is off until I rotate or raise/rotate my wrist. I have never had issues getting it to display and the half second delay doesn't bother me. It's actually kind of nice that the person next to me can't stare at my complications...especially when my next meeting might be on the display.

    It could be worse. My father had a Pulsar digital watch that he wore throughout the 1970's and 80's. It was really cool (at least for its time) but you had to PRESS a button to see the time display.

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  14. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Can you imagine how distracting the watch would be if you are talking and moving your arms and it is lightening up over and over again. People would start watching your arm. :)

    Always on screen with a black background and a light gray time/date would be ok but I don't mind it being off when I am not looking at it. Makes sense but I see both options.
     
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    There were rumours near the end of winter/early spring that they were working on an "always on" feature. If that rumour was remotely true then I would see it at more likely to be a Apple Watch 2 feature and not for current gen watches.

    Or very well may be a watchOS 3 feature already/or planned but is only enabled if you ran it on a Apple Watch 2 (if they are releasing one this year) Just like there have been many times of iOS features only enabled on the newest iPhone that gets released along side the newest iOS.
     
  16. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    The best solution for me would be always on display when it's bright. And when it's dark it should turn the brightness way down but still visible in that condition. But when it's dark and I actively look at it the screen should turn on. And when it's dark and night the display will be off completely.

    Solves the problem with it being a distracting flashlight for other people or when I drive. So instead of just having a always on display I want them to make the gesture more dependable and a little smarter.

    Without sacrificing battery of course. :)
     
  17. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    Personally, I don't care if it shows the main watch screen with complications. Something like a screensaver that just has the time would be plenty and it would just pop up my main screen when I raised my wrist like it does now.

    I had a Pulsar watch a long time ago, but it ran off solar power, so it was on all the time. It worked for years and years without a problem. I think I still have it in a drawer somewhere.
     
  18. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Surely you think Apple wasn't checking into this idea two years ago?
     
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    I am giving my age away but I had a Pulsar watch and drove a motor cycle and it was hell getting the button pressed and seeing the time before the screen went blank again. It was cutting edge back then.
     
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    There is very little justification for this feature. Raise to Wake accomplishes the goal of turning on the display when you are trying to look at it. No matter how you spin it, you are trying to justify wasting battery and shortening display life by having it on when you're not using it.
     
  21. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    The first problem is that it doesn't always work. There are many instances when it doesn't know that I'm trying to look at the watch. Where I then have to deliberately make a "look at watch" gesture for it to light up. Any normal twist with the wrist when standing or sitting works perfectly. Glancing down on your wrist to check time etc when typing on your keyboard won't work for example. Or riding a bike. If this was perfected then I'd be fine with that. But there is also the aesthetic reason. It's a watch first for me and I don't use my other ones anymore. So to have a beautiful watch and watch face thats always visible is just a plus.

    So since the gesture to wake the watch doesn't work in all cases and probably won't for a long time. It's easier to just have an always on display.

    I'm pretty sure apple won't add it though until it doesn't affect battery all that much.
     
  22. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Fully agree. It sounds like battery enhancements from smaller sizes will make the battery last longer for gen 2. With that, I can see Apple adding an option for always on for the time that is just a black screen with gray/white numbers.
     
  23. TurboPGT! Suspended

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    All very reasoned points, and my experience has been no different.

    I think it is possible that we may see some small step, such as a version of the Utility face where only the time itself is shown at all times, and when Raise to Wake is detected, the rest of the watch face is illuminated.
     
  24. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget that you can always just "touch" the screen to turn it on as well. This is sometimes more inconspicuous than using "raise to wake".

    I've gotten use to giving it a small tap when I want to see the time but don't want to raise my arm.

    Also: Once your Watch is off your arm and in "Nightstand" mode all you need to do is barely move the Watch and it wakes up. Just bump the table or tap the Watch (anywhere... not just on the screen) and it will come to life.
     
  25. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    I love nightstand. I use it exclusively to wake me up in the morning. Having physical buttons for off and snooze is nice. And yes it's very sensitive (I like that too). I just tap the top of it if I want to check the time. Sometimes walking past my bed will wake it up from the vibrations.

    And yes I usually tap as well when I want to wake it when it's misbehaving.

    Just showing the time when in "stand by" is a good idea. On the analog faces you could just show the hour and minute hands etc.
     

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