Bummer, no always-on time display

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bbates123, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. bbates123 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    I was really hoping that Apple would offer us the option for always on time display with OS3 or the new watch. Sadly it doesn't look like this will be an option. Am I the only person who cares about this? There are many times when I just want to look at my watch without raising my wrist, especially if I'm sitting down. I realize that this would suck up more battery life so I can see leaving it off by default, but how about an option to turn it on for those of us who are willing to make that battery sacrifice. To help in that department you could have the always on display be dim, like the Microsoft band. You could have the display drift, to counter any retention issues. This would have also been nice for nightstand mode.
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I've always found the watch responsive enough for it not to be an issue and simply rotating my wrist towards me is enough to turn the display on when I'm sat at my desk typing, etc
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The battery life is bad enough as it is, an always on display would be down right devastating to the battery life
  4. bbates123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    I'm thinking a small enough display (just the time - taking up as much space as the time currently takes on a modular display) wouldn't be all that bad. At least offer it as an option.

    And why it's not always on during nightstand mode (at least as an option) is beyond me. Certainly there must be a way to get the time display to move, to prevent retention issues.
  5. lympero macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    Arta, Greece
    They have to save some features for Apple Watch 3 i guess.
  6. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    Ditto... I get that an always-on LED display is a massive battery sucker. But, I was hoping that Apple could have offered a hybrid LED-LCD display that would enable an LCD always-on while the LED hits for wrist raise.

    I have another fitness watch that can double as a smart watch. It has an LCD screen that is always on, and it is awesome. Having gone back and forth between that and the AW as daily wear, always-on is very nice. I can read the time just by looking at my arm, without a wrist raise. I was unaware of how often I do this until I had the contrast.
  7. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I would have liked to have seen this too. I have no problem with battery life and would love to have had an always on display option. Oh well... maybe the 3rd version will be the charm.
  8. genekend macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2010
    I would like to see it come on anytime a notification is received. Then you could just glance at your watch and see the notification. Sure you can just turn you wrist, but that is kind of obvious to the people you are with or talking to.
  9. VinceLP macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014
    with "screen on" on notifications, it would also be obvious to people... plus, they would be able to look at the notification.
    with "screen on" on wrist rotation, you can wait to be alone to watch the content
  10. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I wish they would give us an option to toggle it on/off so we could choose.

    The Gear S3 has the always on screen and reportedly lasts up to 4 days on a charge - call me skeptical on that claim. If they had iOS support out of the box with them I'd consider it, but it is coming "later" so is probably not an option.
  11. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    Yeah, I really want the wall to know what time it is.
  12. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    Yea always on would kill my battery (from my experience). And I have always found the watch completely responsive when raising it to check the time.
  13. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    Moto 360 Sport anyone? It has a hybrid display and is always on. When it's not in use or it is outside (ambient light sensor) it looks much like a Pebble and has a reflective display allowing you to see the time using already available light, when it's in a dark room the backlight is very very dim while also being in reflective mode and you can still see the time without raising your wrist. Battery impact is very minor as I can easily go from 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM and still have around 50% battery left.

    Then when it is in use or raised in normal lighting IE indoors it goes to a normal LCD type display like any other. Pretty cool deal IMO.
  14. lotzosushi macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2007
    This was one of the biggest random complaints I had when the watch first came out. My old Moto 360 was a great nightstand clock with low/dim clock always on so I could roll over in bed and look at it. I don't want to have to smack my table to check the time on my Apple Watch in nightstand mode, seems silly.
  15. smileman macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2011
    This is the single biggest reason I won't buy an Apple Watch.

    Sometimes I don't want to have to shake my wrist to see the time.

    And like some others have said, why doesn't Apple at least give the user the option to leave the time always on?
  16. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    the single biggest reason I won't buy a refrigerator. When you close the door the light goes off. Why can't it be on all the time?:D

    Shaking your wrist won't cut the screen on.

    And like others have said if you leave the display on all the time you probably only get 3 or 4 hours battery life.
  17. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    I'm wondering if this thread was worth searching for.
  18. Restlesslegs macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2015
    This was one of my biggest conplaints - before I bought one... Now I think it's fine as it is. I don't use the watch in nightstand mode as I wear it all night for sleep tracking and during the day I wonder why it should display anything when I'm not looking at it...
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    With the managed battery life as it is on the Apple Watch, I'm fine with not having an always on display. OLED also has burn in, which I'm not sure how that would affect screen size of the Apple Watch. Eventually, Apple could move this route if they improve the efficiency of the processor and the battery to manage always on display.
  20. NeilHD macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2014
    Same here. I'm a long-time Pebble wearer, and rubbished the AW for not having an always-on screen. Now I've got an AW and it's not an issue for me at all.
  21. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I have not found battery life to be bad at all. was surprised after reading the comments on here.
  22. Jws macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2013
    I've found the battery life to be really good. I sleep with it overnight, and it makes it to the next night with ease. I don't log much exercise, though, so that could be a factor.

    There are often times I wished the screen was always on, especially when I am lying down. In that case, turning and raising the wrist to show the display isn't reliable in the slightest.
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    That's one thing I can ever get used to, was trying to sleep with the Apple Watch. It just wasn't comfortable enough for me to want to do so. I do think Night Stand Mode was nicely Done with Apple when wanting to see the time in landscape. I think it be a nice small feature if we could change the colors on nightstand mode from green to something else.
  24. Manrico1 macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2016
    Crema, Lombardia
    This could be an easy feature to implement: some different colors in night stand mode and the option to keep always on in night stand as well.

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