How will Apple Watch behave while wearer is actively using other devices?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Cory Bauer, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. Cory Bauer macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2003
    We know the Apple Watch is smart enough to no longer display notifications when you've taken it off, which is awesome. However, I'm slightly concerned how the Apple Watch will behave while using the user is actively interacting with other Apple devices. If I'm actively having a conversation in Messages on my Mac, iPhone or iPad with someone, will the watch be smart enough not to vibrate and display a notification every time they message me back? Because if its not, then you could burn through those "90 notifications" included in the estimated 18-hour battery life pretty quickly. Not to mention, it'd be really annoying.

    Perhaps the Watch can rely on Continuity to determine you've already seen the message? But if that's the case, and I step away from my Mac or set down my iPad without locking it, how long would it take the Watch to figure out I'm no longer in front of those devices and start feeding me notifications again?

    I realize the answer to all of these questions are, "nobody knows because nobody has one", but I thought it'd be worth a speculative conversation.
  2. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    I guess ideally the watch shouldn't do anything while your phone is unlocked. What it does when you're on your iPad, well that's another question as the watch isn't actively linked to that.
  3. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    That's an excellent question, and it makes me hope that notifications will finally sync when I clear them on one device. Otherwise, I'll have to clear my notifications one by one on the Watch, iPhone, Mac, and iPad.
  4. hemolyzer macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Considering my iPhone doesn't alert for a message when I have iMessages open on my iPad I would think Apple would be smart enough to do the same for the watch.
  5. Pluribus macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2014
    If I remember correctly, during the keynote it was mentioned that when you clear a notification from your watch it will clear on the phone--a statement that received an auditorium full of applause.
  6. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Really?! That is great! I hate clearing notifications on each device.
  7. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i just want a clear all option. I hate tapping the X for each (mail, text, apps, etc) :p
  8. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    Let's hope so. I remember when they said that about iOS and OS X, and it never materialised.
  9. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    I'm gonna assume it will work the same way it works now with my phone.

    If I have the messages up on my mac already, i don't get any notifications to my phone. If the app isn't up on the mac, or if it isn't the current selected window & I don't check it for a few seconds, then I will get the notification to my phone. It would make sense if it worked the same way on the watch since literally all apple products treats notifications the same way.


    What do you mean? that's exactly how it works right now. If I check a text on my mac, it clears on my phone, & vice versa
  10. Multiverse223 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2015
    If you are actively using the paired iphone, no notifications go to the watch. If you are using any other devices they'll likely work as they do now.
  11. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    I asked this here a few weeks ago.

    I asked because I thought it is quite annoying when I'm texting with my phone and I get a reply and I still get the same notification in ALL devices, such as phone, ipad, computer, even though the iphone is the only active device.

    Or you are playing with your phone, get a call, and again all your devices begin ringing..

    I wonder if they've accounted for this with the watch...
  12. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    Wow, there are a lot of people saying they get multiple notifications on all of their devices, but I never once had that issue.
  13. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    I shouldn't worry. I've seen a Twitter notification on my iPhone lock screen actually vanish when I check Twitter on the web.

    When I'm using iMessages on my Mac, my phone won't buzz. Unless of course I get a message, moments pass and I don't open the app and read the message.
  14. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Ah yes, I want that too! Hopefully in iOS 9 :)
  15. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    This feature still needs tweaking. When I wake my iMac from a few days sleep, I get notification after notification swiping in from the top left of all the messages I've received over the past day or two. If all the devices are awake, though, there is a lag, which is great. If I don't check my phone for about thirty seconds or so it will notify my iPad/iMac.
  16. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    The watch most definitely is aware of the locked/unlocked state of your phone via the bluetooth connection. I'm sure the functionality extends to, say, an iPad or Mac that's actively reading notifications or messages, but it'll use iCloud for this, likely relying on your phone to update it on what's been read and not read.
  17. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    This depends entirely on the app. Besides sending notifications out, services can remotely delete notifications too. Though services can do this, almost none of them do.

    Fortunately, iMessage is one service that does.

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