Annoying discovery about my watch

clayvt

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this past week I learned a new (and only one) annoyance with my 38mm sport. I was teach a class and several times while I was standing I crossed my arms. I wear the watch on my left wrist and when I cross my arms my left wrist is the one that gets tucked under.
Well, the motion of crossing my arms activates the screen. Then when I settle into the crossed position, my right forearm apparently applies enough pressure to the screen and it kept going into the change watchface mode.
Very annoying when you're giving a presentation and have a timer going and it keeps backing out of the watchface.
Just something I noticed.
 

Daku93

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Same thing happened to me, too, a couple times. I agree that it is really annoying.
 
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BvizioN

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OMG. Ok, pretend for a second he's not teaching a class or giving a presentation and he's just standing around crossing his arms and his Watch activates and changes faces.
I honestly don't know how on earth he is managing to change watch faces by crossing his arms!! I have applied a lot of presure with my arm on the screen and it doesn't even turn it on, never mind changing the watch faces. Just try doing that on your Apple Watch.
 
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GrindedDown

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I'm gonna have to sorta go ahead and agree with him on this one.....m'kayyyyyyyy

Not agreeing for the same reasons, but crossing your arms in front of a class is really bad form.....You just got the apple watch and have this perfect opportunity to show it off to a whole bunch of people that probably don't have one or are anxiously refreshing the June deliveries thread. Why hide it?! That'll have the added benefit of keeping their eyes up front during class.
 
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jafingi

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Hmmmmm I can't even cross my arms with the right one on top :p always the left gets on top. But of course people are different :)
 
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tg81

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I honestly don't know how on earth he is managing to change watch faces by crossing his arms!! I have applied a lot of presure with my arm on the screen and it doesn't even turn it on, never mind changing the watch faces. Just try doing that on your Apple Watch.
Yeah, I can't get it to do that either, even if the watch activates with the wrist turn as I'm folding my arm, placing my other arm over the watch just deactivates it, like when you mute it.
 
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priscilla55

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I'm not saying this isn't happening, but I absolutely don't believe it's possible the way you describe it. There is no way you can do a force touch with your forearm.
 
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bushido

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Either you're unnecessarily criticizing him or you're taking the "you're using your arms wrong" approach.

Either way, stop.
he sorta has a point. crossing your arms is one of the no go and would most likely cause me a better grade in class as a student :p

anyway, i dont even understand how thats possible
 
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Newtons Apple

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this past week I learned a new (and only one) annoyance with my 38mm sport. I was teach a class and several times while I was standing I crossed my arms. I wear the watch on my left wrist and when I cross my arms my left wrist is the one that gets tucked under.
Well, the motion of crossing my arms activates the screen. Then when I settle into the crossed position, my right forearm apparently applies enough pressure to the screen and it kept going into the change watchface mode.
Very annoying when you're giving a presentation and have a timer going and it keeps backing out of the watchface.
Just something I noticed.
You can bet that your watch does not have the intelligence we all would like it to have and it turns on many times when we do not know it. It is not the end of the world.

Just the act of driving and using the steering wheel activates my friends sport, I do not have the heart to even tell him.
 
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BillyTrimble

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this past week I learned a new (and only one) annoyance with my 38mm sport. I was teach a class and several times while I was standing I crossed my arms. I wear the watch on my left wrist and when I cross my arms my left wrist is the one that gets tucked under.
Well, the motion of crossing my arms activates the screen. Then when I settle into the crossed position, my right forearm apparently applies enough pressure to the screen and it kept going into the change watchface mode.
Very annoying when you're giving a presentation and have a timer going and it keeps backing out of the watchface.
Just something I noticed.

Are you blaming the watch or yourself for this? You might want to go back to a regular watch where you can do all sorts of things with your arms and wrists without activating anything. I think that would be best for you.

Otherwise change what you do with your body so that the watch doesn't react in ways that drive you to distraction. Apple has NOTHING to fix to accommodate how you position your body.

BTW, I sometimes fold my arms when I sit on the couch watching TV and noticed that my arm may rest on the watch and activate it. Here's what I did. I changed the way I folded my arms, without posting about it, which would have been incredibly embarrassing.
 
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Denziloshamen

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Apr 21, 2015
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I don't manage to force touch, but frequently manage to activate one of the complications when folding my arms. I've had to choose the location of complications so the one I touch doesn't activate and app to launch. Battery percentage and moon phase are safe bets for the area I always manage to trigger.
 
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bunnicula

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I'm struggling to figure out how anyone is applying enough pressure while crossing their arms to cause watch issues, though. I'm sure I've crossed mine at some point since 4/24 and this has yet to happen to me. Do you squeeze yourself super hard or something? Are your arms more "hugging yourself" or some such?
 
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roddenshaw

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Given that you are covering all or most of the screen to achieve this it seems like something Apple could program the device to ignore, so it's probably worth submitting feedback.
 
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hipnetic

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Shocker. The MacRumors peanut gallery strikes again.

I just wanted to chime in to say that I think it's interesting that everyone is assuming the OP is a male. Based on the OP's statement that they have a 38mm Apple Watch, I would think the more common assumption would be that the OP is a female.
 
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GrumpyMom

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I'm not saying this isn't happening, but I absolutely don't believe it's possible the way you describe it. There is no way you can do a force touch with your forearm.
It is possible. I have the exact same problem as the OP. I am often chilly and cross my arms to warm up. Or it's just a resting stance when I am waiting in line or taking a break from gardening to check out my work. It often happens I accidently bring up the option to customize the watch face.

Bringing the arm up activates the face and the pressure of the other arm crossing over activates force touch.

And since arm crossing is apparently considered a bad habit and I have found no easy solution to my own dilemma, then apparently the Apple Watch has done me a favor and will spare me a trip to the woodshed, because my habit is now broken as long as I'm wearing my Apple Watch. :D By the third time, I was done with crossing my arms. I now find other ways to stand around looking awkward. :p
 
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roddenshaw

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Shocker. The MacRumors peanut gallery strikes again.

I just wanted to chime in to say that I think it's interesting that everyone is assuming the OP is a male. Based on the OP's statement that they have a 38mm Apple Watch, I would think the more common assumption would be that the OP is a female.
It would be interesting to see some actual stats on this, but at this point it would be premature to assume that either sex would be more likely to own the 38mm. I have worn a couple of 38mms, as has a male friend of mine, and we both liked the fit. We decided to go for 42mm for the better screen and battery, but I can imagine plenty of men being happier with 38mm. Maybe more importantly with supply so constricted many men have gone with the 38mm just to have an Apple Watch.
 
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Subdiv

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Shocker. The MacRumors peanut gallery strikes again.

I just wanted to chime in to say that I think it's interesting that everyone is assuming the OP is a male. Based on the OP's statement that they have a 38mm Apple Watch, I would think the more common assumption would be that the OP is a female.
I've never met a woman named "Clay." However, based on the second sentence of OP's post, I'm assuming he/she is not an English teacher.
;)
 
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bunnicula

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Shocker. The MacRumors peanut gallery strikes again.

I just wanted to chime in to say that I think it's interesting that everyone is assuming the OP is a male. Based on the OP's statement that they have a 38mm Apple Watch, I would think the more common assumption would be that the OP is a female.
There are plenty of guys with a 38mm watch. And women with a 42mm.
 
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bjdraw

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Not ideal, but how about taking the watch off just long enough to get it to lock and then unlocking it after you're done with the lecture?
 
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GrumpyMom

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I'd rather have an effective lecturer regardless of whether they cross their arms, but I'm pointing out that it's not an appropriate presentation language and the OP can always improve as a speaker by breaking this habit.
I suppose if they take your advice that would also solve the problem with the Apple Watch.

At any rate for those of us who still want to cross our arms, I suppose we could imitate Madonna. I wouldn't recommend teachers copy the wardrobe though...talk about distracting and inappropriate for presentation! The watch face won't come into contact with any pressure this way:
 

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kovey

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They ask me to do PSA commercials for their various causes on the campus TV network.
Hi, I'm apple_iBoy. You may have seen me post on forums such as MacRumors. I'm here to tell you that while crossing your arms is ok, talking about it on MacRumors is no laughing matter. Remember, there's no hope with dope. Stay in school.
 
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tg81

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Not ideal, but how about taking the watch off just long enough to get it to lock and then unlocking it after you're done with the lecture?
Or just long press the friends button and lock the device from that menu.
 
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