Bluetooth Disconnect from iPhone Alert

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mcz51221zz, May 1, 2015.

  1. mcz51221zz macrumors newbie

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    So I left my house yesterday and forgot to take my iPhone with me. I was hoping that I would get a taptic alert or some sound when I went out of range of the phone. The only alert I got was a sign on the top of the AW that showed iphone disconnect.

    Is it possible to change this setting so you get a physical alert? This is a major reason I bought the AW, so that I don't forget to leave my phone at home or work. If not, this is very frustrating and something Apple should have thought of.
     
  2. Glene macrumors 6502

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    at this point, there is no change possible… I can see many updates coming if they're reviewing the Apple support documents and forums… Lots there…
     
  3. mcz51221zz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just don't get it. How can something so simple and logical slip past their development team. I can't be the only one that thinks this is an important feature. Who hasn't forgotten their phone at home, work or somewhere by mistake and had to drive or commute all the way back to get it? Even my car tells me when I connect and disconnect from bluetooth.
     
  4. starbot macrumors regular

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    Gotta agree with the usefulness of a disconnect feature, but I can also assure you Apple didn't just forget. Assuming some technical reason like monitoring Bluetooth too often?

    The car wouldn't care, but maybe the watch has Bluetooth that is sleeping and responds mainly to notification pushes from the phone.

    To work in reverse, the AW bluetooth would need to be actively polling the iPhone.

     
  5. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    But this is happening already. The OP said that the watch displays an alert, it just doesn't provide a haptic physical notification, which I agree would be the whole point. So the watch is already actively polling the phone. Unless Apple discovered that the watch disconnects from BT for all kinds of other reasons besides being out of range and didn't want the user to be needlessly inconvenienced. But that seems unlikely. This seems like an oversight.
     
  6. starbot macrumors regular

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    The question is when did that notice appear-- perhaps it's polling only once every 2-3minutes...

    This may be enough to produce an alert, but you may already be driving down the street. This may be a user experience Apple wasn't comfortable with.

     
  7. mcz51221zz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That doesn't make any sense. The whole iphone 4 left at the bar thing wouldn't have happened if that person was wearing an AW and it alerted him/her that they were away from their phone for some reason. It would probably save countless people from loosing their iphones.
     
  8. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    but the watch still works when it looses bluetooth and is on the same wifi network. having it vibrate every time it looses bluetooth would get old real quick. Im sure apple played with this in testing.
     
  9. mcz51221zz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You're not understanding the point here...I want it to alert me when it's out of range because it means I've left my phone behind somewhere.
     
  10. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    I understood your point. Maybe you want to read my post again.
     
  11. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

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    that would really be useful

    but surprisingly, many products are lacking this function, including apple watch and tile.

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    gets old??

    then apple can simply set that if the bt gets disconnected, and watch doesn't detect any activate wifi connection, then give you an alert.

    it may not seem 'very' useful while you are at home, but imagine if you are not.
    you are at a cafe, and you forgot your phone on the table while you leave, then the watch gives you a tap to remind you. or, maybe someone grab, or steal your iPhone, but you gets a tap so you can stand up and look for it/him
     
  12. mcz51221zz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I read your post. The AW is pointless to me if its not connected to the iPhone. I bought it for notifications and to alert me if I accidentally leave my phone behind. Maybe you need to read my posts again.
     

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