Always on?!!!

CarlJ

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This feature is only for the AW5?!

not the iOS6 but the new watch urself. This is stupid. So typical of Cook.
So typical of him to release new hardware with much-desired new features?

You're upset that your previous model can't do this? They made significant changes to the hardware to make it possible. Have you opened your Apple Watch up and retrofitted the necessary parts to make it capable of doing this? If you were to enable the screen to be always on without also installing a new screen and driver capable of refreshing at 1 Hz, your battery would run out in an hour or two. Is that what you want?

P.S. iOS 6 was 7 years ago.
 
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dannyyankou

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So you think TheGreatSteve could implement a hardware-dependent feature on a device without the required hardware?

Talk about your RealityDistortionFields...
Lol true. They couldn’t even give the iPhone 3G wallpapers with iOS 4, no way Steve would’ve been able to magically give the Series 4 Apple Watch an always-on display.

Just to play devil’s advocate though, I don’t think Steve would’ve released an Apple Watch without an always-on display in the first place.
 

Benz63amg

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Lol true. They couldn’t even give the iPhone 3G wallpapers with iOS 4, no way Steve would’ve been able to magically give the Series 4 Apple Watch an always-on display.

Just to play devil’s advocate though, I don’t think Steve would’ve released an Apple Watch without an always-on display in the first place.
Why not? I don’t see the appeal of having the digital display of an electronic watch constantly display time when not in use and I actually prefer to have the display off.
 

xraydoc

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This feature is only for the AW5?!

not the iOS6 but the new watch urself. This is stupid. So typical of Cook.
Despite all the snark, without the new driver chip, an always-on screen on the S4 would kill the battery in no time flat.

Now, should Apple have given people the option of burning down the battery on older models? That's a different question.
 
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DreamPod

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I disagree that it would kill the battery on older watches. They are still OLED, the watch faces could still turn mostly black to take very little battery life, and the watch already lasted longer than a day's worth of use. All that's really missing is the ability to slow down the screen refreshes.

For me my Series 3 got almost two days of use if I didn't charge it at night, so I had plenty of extra battery life to give my Series 3 for always-on. They should have given the option to older watches, and just had it off by default. Having said that, I only upgraded to the 5 because of this feature, so had they given it to older watches, Apple would have made less money off of me.
 

winkosmosis

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I watched a video that said the AW4 had the same screen tech but not the new processor which is efficient at doing the 1hz screen updates
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I watched a video that said the AW4 had the same screen tech but not the new processor which is efficient at doing the 1hz screen updates
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I watched a video that said the AW4 had the same screen tech but not the new processor which is efficient at doing the 1hz screen updates
 

YonTom

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Not to play the devil's advocate here, but I would personally appreciate an always-on display option for my Apple Watch 4. Let me explain. I plan to use it only for the gym (I ordered a SS AW5 for daily use which should arrive next week). Since I would only use it for an hour a day, I wouldn't mind it almost draining my battery at a time (I would recharge every time I went to the gym). That way it would be easier for me to see my workout progress and the music playing without wrist swings. I understand that this may not make sense/be desirable to most people, but it would nonetheless be helpful for me in that particular use.
 

Monkswhiskers

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Not to play the devil's advocate here, but I would personally appreciate an always-on display option for my Apple Watch 4. Let me explain. I plan to use it only for the gym (I ordered a SS AW5 for daily use which should arrive next week). Since I would only use it for an hour a day, I wouldn't mind it almost draining my battery at a time (I would recharge every time I went to the gym). That way it would be easier for me to see my workout progress and the music playing without wrist swings. I understand that this may not make sense/be desirable to most people, but it would nonetheless be helpful for me in that particular use.
On the series 4 I think there is an option for the screen to stay on for 70seconds after you tap it, not ideal but better than nothing.