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Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by venividivigor, Apr 10, 2015.
It could be a possibility...
I don't think this is confirming anything...
There's is a YouTube video explaining this.
It's how to save different configurations of the current watch faces so you can quickly select them.
I believe that the alternate pairing option. If the Watch app can not detect your watch you can use the iPhone camera to put it at the watch face to pair it.
i used that + option on watch on demo.. you can delete faces by swiping them up, and if you want it back you can go to + sign and add existing faces.. it is possible that they will add 3rd party faces thru your phone watch app..
My thought is they will open this up eventually, possibly even at WWDC this year.
It doesn't make sense to have a digital watch with a gorgeous screen and only 6 different watch faces.
I bet they will open up a new Watch Face SDK that allows third party developers to build custom watch faces with interaction (Like the sun position face) or define areas of customization and complication locations.
I agree...it's a huge selling point for me. Being able to effectively make your watch different all the time via easy to use bands and virtual faces is part of the appeal for me.
I think the dilemma here is that Apple wants watch faces that doesn't use too much battery (Like that Timelapse watchface that dissapeared later on).
So I guess there will maybe be some approval system like apps on appstore.
So no third party watch faces?
I sure hope they do allow this. I want Goofy and Donald and Jiminy Cricket...
It will be a copyright/intellectual property nightmare. Why would Apple want to wade into researching and approving every submitted design against thousands of existing watchmaker's designs?
Nope, I actually clicked on this button during my try-on appointment and all it did was bring up all the watch faces to choose from, but in a different oriented list. Scrolling up and down as opposed to left and right.
I assume it's where you save customised watch faces.
That's why I've been saying, it would be great if, in time they released a "watch face designer kit" app for end users.
Does not have to be able to be as extensive or complex as a Genuine Apple watch face.
Just with enough options and features to create your own faces.
Perhaps from a dozen or more starting templates you can customize every aspect of.
That way Apple are totally in the clear legally, and end users can have free choice and control to have exactly the watch face they want to individually personalise the look of the watch they have bought.
However.... Do I think Apple will offer end users such a program and ability?
That would be fun- a watch construction app. They allow a spectrum of modification to their current faces, but a full monty watch design app would be attractive. Not so sure about the designs that would emanate from the plebeian masses, but fun nonetheless.
I wonder why can't we use our own pics as watchfaces?
This is one thing that I will miss from my Pebble. They have a "Watch Face Generator" that you can use to design your own unique watch face. I have used it to make 3 watch faces for my Pebble. One of which has the Apple logo on it, and so far I've used it to fool some people into thinking I was beta testing a version of the Apple watch. :roll eyes:
On the actual Watch you of course cannot design your own face, only modify existing faces. This is not a deal breaker for me at all, just a minor disappointment. It is nice to have a watch face that only you and no one else has.
Down the road Apple may come out with something like the watch face generator, it did not come out with the earliest Pebbles, but was written by a developer. The same thing may happen with Apple.
There are several watchface "players" for Android Wear, where people can design a face and upload it for others to see.
FaceRepo is a major repository for two of those players. Check out some of the faces people have made. (I set that link to show round faces, but you can change to square using the menu on the left.)
I think Apple will have to release something similar, sooner or later.
I think they are going to mirror the iPhone. Give just enough to satisfy the early adopters, then wait for people to demand a full sdk and ability to add watch faces, then release at WWDC and the people go crazy.
All just guessed of course but they know how to make people want just a little more and they're even better at satisfying the masses.
I am sure this type of functionality will come in time. As always, Apple slowly opens up features.
No more so than the intellectual property checks they already have to do for normal 3rd party app development.