Clock app

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by tl01, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Is there a clock app that can be used to keep the clock on all night while the Apple Watch is plugged in? I really would love such an app. I am not panicked about screen burn in. Wish Apple gave the option!
  2. Marconelly, Mar 21, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017

    Marconelly macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2008
    Such a thing is simply not possible to do in software on Apple Watch. The rules under which the screen activates are set firmly, and I can imagine could only be twisted if watch becomes jailbroken. Meanwhile, people came up with mechanical solutions to accomplish this, like this one: [​IMG]

    Where an electric motor slowly spins the crown, which keeps the screen awake. Alternately, for a nightstand mode, a device could be fashioned that would create a small vibration every 10 seconds or so, and place it next to your watch. However, keep in mind that doing this would without question create a burn-in on the oled screen very quickly, most likely after just a few hours, and it could stay there permanently, or long enough that it looks permanent if you keep repeating this every night. This is a serious problem with OLED screens when displaying relatively bright, well defined image, like those green numbers are. I think overall you would regret doing this for how small the benefit is, and how large issue you would cause - for an always-on to make sense in the nightstand mode, they would have to program the clock numbers to shift slightly over time, which they don't do right now.

    I am very curious how Samsung deals with this, as it has an always-on screen mode on Gear 3 watch. I've read that some people did notice burn-in after just a day of use, which went away when the disabled always-on mode. Others however said they did't notice anything.
  3. tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    They could easily work around the burn in issue...they could have the time move around the screen slowly like the old fashion screen savers that would project an image and it would shift slowly around. I would love the watch to be my clock at home and especially in hotels. I don't use a regular alarm clock anymore since I prefer the alarm on my phone. Hopefully they add it in the next OS update!
  4. worker73 macrumors member

    May 4, 2015
    Can't imagine them adding this, but I would love it as well!!!

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