Apple Watch in Sunlight

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by TheAnimal, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. TheAnimal macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    I'm still on the fence about the Watch. How does the display hold up in sunny outdoor conditions? My iPhone 6 is barely readable in direct sunlight. Curious if the Watch is the same.
  2. Jd3774life macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2013
    Kansas City
    I was at a theme park on Saturday and I never had any trouble reading it ever ( In direct sunlight basically the entire day)
  3. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I have the stainless steel variant which all the sport owners are now insisting is completely unusable in sunlight, and have used it in bright sunlight shining directly onto the display and had absolutely no issue reading it whatsoever :)
  4. avalys macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2004
    It isn't great, but you can read what you need to. I think the Sport is better than the stainless in this regard - the sapphire is more reflective.

    I have the stainless and it is readable in direct sunlight. It doesn't look pretty - it is fairly washed out and murky - but you can read it.
  5. Kent01 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    The ambient light sensor works wonders too. I walked from inside a building right out into direct sunlight and my Watch lit up like Christmas.

    No issues for me.
  6. bruceabbott macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2015
    No issues here. Of course it's not going to be as bright as it would in the shade or indoors but under no circumstance is it "unreadable".
  7. Unconsoled macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2005
    Rain City WA
    Sport model here and we have had a lot of sun the last few days. Super easy to read in sunlight with default settings. I am really impressed. Much better than the phone. Possibly because of the OLED screen?

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