Is this a bug or by design?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ahwman, May 5, 2015.

  1. ahwman macrumors member

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    After setting up several navigation routes using my watch, I've noticed an odd behavior. If I set up the route using Siri through my watch with my iPhone locked, I get turn by turn and haptic notifications on the watch but not audio guidance through my iPhone. However, if I unlock my iPhone during the route, or initially set up the route on my iPhone, I get both notifications on my watch as well as voice guidance through my iPhone. The other odd thing is that I generally keep the voice level set to "Normal Volume" in the maps program options, however when this behavior occurs, it sets the audio level to "No Voice". I can't imagine this is by design as it seems much safer to have both audio as well as visual/haptic alerts...
     
  2. mynameisjosh macrumors regular

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    I know that when I have used my watch with maps, I have created the route and started it, locked my phone, opened the Maps app on my watch, and the watch did all the work. It would give haptic feedback as well as beep tones for each upcoming turn. My iPhone did not give the directions as well. (Keep in mind this is all while my iPhone was locked I believe).
     
  3. AppleWatchGuy macrumors member

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    When the phone is locked and the gps is started from the watch, the phone should not read out the directions. I asked Apple about this. I think if you unlock the phone it will start reading though, but this part I'm not sure.
     
  4. ahwman thread starter macrumors member

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    That's exactly what's happening which doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps it is by design, however I can't think of a good reason to mute spoken directions from the phone as it can be easy to miss the haptic alerts and even dangerous to peek at the watch while driving in anticipation of an upcoming turn. However, it makes sense as a supplement to voice guided directions. Just my two cents...
     
  5. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Also weird, if you ask Siri on the watch to stop navigating, she will say that you arent (even as she tells you to turn). You have to cancel it from the phone. Also I am pretty sure my phone screen is turning on while its in my pocket prior to turns, they way it does unpaired to a watch, to show the directions on the lockscreen. Seems like a waist of battery.

    All these bugs will be smoothed out soon I am sure.
     

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