Apple watch display goes to sleep too fast.

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  1. Man on the moon, Apr 30, 2015
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    Man on the moon macrumors regular

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    I really was excited for this watch but when you raise your wrist it seems the display goes dark too quickly to conserve battery.

    Eventually will that be adjustable or just part of the watch for good?
     
  2. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure it's something that Apple could change if they wanted to. The question is, will they? I have a hard time believing that another couple of seconds of on-time would kill the battery life, but when you use the wrist raise feature you can get a fair number of false positives, so it could add up.
     
  3. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    My battery dies too fast would be a much bigger complaint.

    It's a balancing act, and sure it could change in the future, but it is what it is today.
     
  4. stocklen macrumors member

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    I think they are quite rightly going on the side of caution right now.

    The 'all day battery life' has been a very high profile thing which a lot of people have been looking at in great detail before the launch and speculating about. It was important at launch to get the battery life right.

    I have to say, this is day 7 for me with the apple watch and the battery life is great. it is easily lasting a day and in fact now the 'novelty' is wearing off and it settles into normal day-to-day usage, its normal for me to end the day with 40-50% left.

    Having said that I am sure that it would be very simple to add a new setting to control the time before the display goes to sleep - and even if it was doubled (which I think would be fine) then it probably wouldn't affect battery life too badly.
     
  5. sbharj macrumors member

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    Agreed! I wish there was a setting for this... it's about 1 second to quick for me (sounds ridiculous, i know, but it would make all the difference).

    If they do add a setting they just need to put a little warning at the bottom saying "increasing may lead to reduced battery life"...boom, then no one can complain. Becomes the customers choice.
     
  6. Cuyler macrumors 6502

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    Wish there was a setting to adjust the time as well. However, it is possible to rest your finger lightly on the crystal to keep the face from timing out — that allows longer views of the jellyfish swimming around (but does require two hands)
     
  7. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    Tapping the screen to make it come on instead of using the wrist raise feature will also make it stay on for considerably longer.
     
  8. RhondaPVD macrumors newbie

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    Never noticed that...it's a lot longer. Thanks.
     
  9. vladzaharia macrumors regular

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    Hah, as if. Customers will still complain.
     
  10. Jungo macrumors regular

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    News to me too - I just tested it three times and consistently got.

    raise to view - 6 seconds
    tap to view - 16 seconds

    but yes we should be able to set raise to view knowing that it will eat some battery - I imagine they will allow this at some point.

    I wanna beta test v1.1
     
  11. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    you might just get used to it. My bet is that right now we're all so enamoured of the watch that we want to gaze at it longer than we would if this was a traditional wrist watch you were glancing at to get the time.

    But yes, such a disclaimer would also solve the lack of white watch faces -- "choosing this face may result in reduced battery life". The lack of custom and customizable watch faces is just as big a problem, if not a bigger one.
     
  12. ddarden macrumors newbie

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    I'm a physician, and I take pulses of my patients.
    I rely on my watch's second hand to do this.
    Apple watch puts the screen to sleep before I can take a pulse with it.

    I can use the stopwatch feature but it's several extra steps and this whole interaction needs to be fast and efficient. I don't have time to switch apps. It would be nice if I could just lengthen the time the watch face appears to 20 seconds.
     
  13. Armen macrumors 604

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    Considering my watch lasts 1.5 days I'd be open to a 30 second - 1 minute time out display.
     
  14. mikezmac macrumors 6502a

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    There is a way to keep the display on, turn the digital crown.
    I had the jellyfish watch face and was frustrated I couldn't see it, one of the posts about update 101 had pointed out slowly moving to digital crown will keep the face up, also touching the screen will display the next flower/butterfly or jelly fish. It should keep all watch faces on by turning the crown I believe.
     
  15. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    Interesting. But won't really help people who need to be taking a pulse.
     
  16. mikezmac macrumors 6502a

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    It may. It works on a lot of screens. I use it reading my news apps to keep the screens on.
     
  17. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    I just meant that it might be difficult to be turning the crown while taking the pulse, but maybe it could work.
     
  18. x-android macrumors newbie

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    tells you to get back living your life...
     

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