Driving With Apple Watch Issue

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by thedwp, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. thedwp macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2015
    I tend to drive with my left hand...one thing I've noticed is every time I make a turn or any movement on the steering wheel, my watch turns on, and when I finish the turn it goes off...over, and over and over.

    It's not like I'm driving in my car all day but I'm thinking it would have an impact on the battery life during daily commutes.
  2. joshcls macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2013
    Panama City, FL
    "You're wearing it wrong"

    But in all seriousness that sounds annoying
  3. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    Funny, I actually noticed this too when I was driving to work today and thought about it. Of course, you could turn off the raise wrist feature, but that may be inconvenient to turn it on and off several times a day.

    I came up with a "driving mode" feature for the watch that they should think about adding. Perhaps being an option when you swipe up, or even as an optional triple-crown-click, you could activate it. This would prevent the watch from lighting up with every turn, along with having "Hey Siri" work even if your display isn't on. Maps would adjust to driving instead of walking. Siri would also gain her voice back and speak back to you while in this mode. Then you could easily disable it the same way you enabled it once you're done driving.

    They've gotta come up with some solution to this, right?
  4. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    Just an inherent flaw with the design of "lift to turn on." Happened with all my g-shocks too. Either deal, or turn it off (if possible on the watch).

    I suspect we will see a car mode later on.
  5. tigerinexile macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2015
    I had the same issue.

    Turned off the raise to wake function in the settings. I just tap the screen to wake it up now, and save battery life.
  6. mobutt macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    Experienced this for the 2 hours I had it.
  7. thedwp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2015
    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking as well...i bet it will come sooner than later.
  8. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    Oh, great. Nothing like a distraction on those hairpin turns.
  9. zmunkz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2007
    How big of a battery impact are these incidental turn-ons? Someone should go a day with it off and report back if its much different battery-wise.
  10. Leeabe macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    I guess if you are easily distracted. I bet you stop noticing after a few days.

    Someone on the Macworld staff posted a vine of eating with a watch on. Every time she reached for the popcorn it came on. Kind of amusing.
  11. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    I said this was going to be an issue months ago. Every time you need to put a jacket on, use a touch screen computer, open a window, reach for something up high, and so on is going to activate the screen (over and over again, all day long).
  12. Leeabe macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Why is it an issue though? After the initial "new toy" phase you will use it like a watch and battery life will be less of a concern.
  13. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Wrong. New toy phase is not the issue. Pay attention to how you use your arms throughout a single day and watch how many times you raise your arm to do something. You'll be surprised.

    Now imagine wearing an Apple Watch and how many times the watch will turn on because you are doing something that makes your arm go up. Opening a window. Reaching for something on the top shelf of the fridge. Putting dishes away. Washing the car. Using a touchscreen computer. Getting food in the drive through. Drinking a cup of whatever (assuming you use the same hand as the watch is on.) And so on...

    Lots of inadvertant activations throughout a day.
  14. Leeabe macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Wrong, a lot of those moments you describe your arm does not turn like you are looking at your watch (rotating your wrist upwards). Driving does. Again, we will see if these little turn ons really matter in the long run. Sure it very person dependent as well as software needing to be fined tuned.
  15. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Wouldn't even need a command at operator level. Your phone should know when you are driving according to gps. Maybe Apple will have this in the future and enable a detect driving mode.
  16. thedwp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2015
    You're right. Even when I go to type on my laptop it comes on. They have to know about this issue and have some sort of diagnostic plan in place to monitor it.

    It doesn't really bother me that it comes on, I'm just wondering how much of a drain on the battery it is throughout the day.
  17. Mr Verses macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    To combat this, I turned off raise to activate. It's much more convenient in these situations to tap the screen to wake it, in my opinion!
  18. Leeabe macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Well you have one, how's your battery life at the end of the day? Seeing many reports that battery life is fine for the day and this even when people are playing with the device more than average because it's new.
  19. Evakami, Apr 26, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2015

    Evakami macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2015
    One of the few features I did not know about before getting mine. I'm really glad to hear this, and I think I'll be turning off raise wrist to activate as soon as I get mine.
  20. Leeabe macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    If I have to touch my watch to see the time, the watch has already failed.
  21. Cubeeless macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2012
    That can be fixed with an easy software update. It just needs a learn function. So you will "teach" the watch in which situation it should wake/not wake up and then it will learn it and not do it in exactly this, e.g. turn movements.
  22. Smurphy Gherkin macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia
    I turned off stand reminders after getting one in the car.

    Car mode would be good.

    For now I might have to remember to hit DND while driving.
  23. thedwp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2015
    It's only day one for me. I just got it today around 1P, charged it up to 97% and at 12:37AM I still have 70% remaining. So I'm feeling pretty good about the battery...but again, day one for me and it's the weekend. I'll have a better feel during the week.
  24. azurexie macrumors newbie


    Nov 9, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you are driving in my country you will find half of time walking is accurately faster than driving....
  25. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    I was in a restaurant last night and every time I took a sip of wine the screen came on, however, plot twist: it was a dimly lit posh restaurant and I feel cool as *****.

    ...but yeah I noticed the driving thing too lol

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