How fast are notifications?

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

  1. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    Just curious (especially with those who have had a pebble), how fast do the notifications appear on the watch after receiving them on the phone?

    My pebble takes a few seconds (sometimes longer), and it is noticibly annoying. When I feel my phone vibrate I often find my self holding my arm out in front of me anticipating the notification on the watch. Kind of annoying.

    Was hoping the Apple Watch is much faster? Any details?
  2. WJKramer macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
  3. chibamac macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2009
    It's really quick, almost instantaneous.
    if handoff is enabled you won't get notifications while your phone is on.

  4. TEBnewyork macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    It depends...bad answer but here's the thing.

    With continuity and hand off it is hard to gauge everything. I just got email on this MacBook and on my watch at the same time. However, some things you won't get immediately on the watch. It depends on what you are doing on your other devices.

    So, if I'm texting back and forth with someone on my phone my watch isn't going to tell me they wrote back. I'm already looking at the phone. Similar to getting a phone call on your phone if you don't pick it up right away it will start ringing on iPad, Mac etc.

    The order of things is actually very smart. If I'm not using any devices it feels pretty simultaneous.
  5. WJKramer macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    I got 3 texts on my phone witch is plugged in by my bed and the display is off. It's been 5 min and nothing on my watch. However I got a Facebook alert almost instantaneously. So there you go.. I am reserving judgment until version 1.1.
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    This pretty much sums it up :)
  7. Somnospeed macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    Text message notifications are SLLOOOWWWW!! As in 10-15 second delay. I'm a huge Apple fan but this is absolutely unacceptable. Even my Pepple was nearly completely simultaneous. If you like hearing a text but not see who it is for 10 seconds, no big deal. But I hate that. And since I charged it, no text notifications at all. Oh well. Like they say... The price of 1.0. lol
  8. gusping macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    London, UK
    Notifications are broken as hell. 0/10 to Apple for notifications. Their quality control sucks dick.
  9. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010

    Software issue, not hardware. Expect this to improve over time.
  10. MattXDA macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
    My notifications aren't slow, paired with the iPhone 6+ on iOS 8.4. Could it be related to wifi speeds or anything? I have 100Mb/s.
  11. Somnospeed, Apr 25, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015

    Somnospeed macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    The problem exists in the same exact fashion even when wifi is turned off. Also made no difference whether handoff was on or off. I realize that this is probably something that can be updated for improvement. At least I sure HOPE so... My pebble totally sucked when it came to staying connected and getting notifications when I first got the watch. Month or two later it was fine and got better and better with each update really. I'm expecting the same for my apple watch so apple better get on it ASAP!! :)

    BTW... I've been timing the delay and it's averaged 12 seconds for me. 20 text attempts for an accurate average. ;)

    Another BTW.... mine is the 38mm sport. Anyone having this issue with the 42mm? I've read several for the 38 but have not noticed if anyone has it with 42.
  12. evercleardoc macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    I think it's software related. I have fitbit surge and the notification on that is instant. I noticed the delay on the watch was about 10-15 seconds slower vs the surge. I also noticed I was missing call notifications on the apple watch.

    I read somewhere that if wifi calling was enabled it would not receive the notification on the watch. Strong limitation of the apple watch. The fitbit surge did not have this limitation so I would think this is a software limitation.
  13. Somnospeed macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    Did you mean iOS 8.3? Or did I miss an update...

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