How does the Watch know when you cover it with your hand?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by DavidTheExpert, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. DavidTheExpert macrumors regular

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    One of the features is that if you're getting an incoming phone call you can mute it by covering the watch face with your hand. How does it know? As far as I'm aware, it doesn't have any proximity sensor like the iPhone does... does it?
     
  2. Vegasryn macrumors 6502

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    It does have a ambient light sensor which would detect the dramatic light change.
     
  3. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    You have to touch the watch face with your hand
    Not hover over it
     
  4. DavidTheExpert thread starter macrumors regular

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    But how does it distinguish that from a single touch? Is it using the multitouch or some sort of light sensor like the other user said?
     
  5. roblognick macrumors member

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    it's probably both the fact that the light sensor goes dark and the watch face feels your palm on a couple of points.
     

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