Low resolution on analog faces?

Knowlege Bomb

macrumors 604
Original poster
Feb 14, 2008
Madison, WI
I've used the digital Activity face since it's inception but once I meet my goals for the day or am dressing up a little I like to use simple analog faces. I can't say I ever noticed it on my S1 or S3 but on my S4, if the hands are anywhere other than on the 12, 3, 6 or 9 the edges of the hand are jagged.

Isn't the pixel density on these things supposed to be pretty high? Seems kinda sloppy to me.


macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
Post some screenshots of this.

Just for kicks here is an analog.

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macrumors 65816
Oct 15, 2011
Austin TX
Don’t have a series 4 but that is pretty bad. Looks like Apple just upscaled the old faces to the new width of the screen rather than re-rendering everything at the larger size. The upscaling would cause the pixelation.


macrumors member
Jun 18, 2015
Hamburg, Germany
I noticed the same after switching from Series 2 to Series 4.

I made the following screenshots from the same watch face. The first image is from a 42mm Series 2, the second from a 44mm Series 4. I tried to position the second hand on a similar position. And the difference in rendering is very obvious.

One explanation might be the upscaling of an old watch face that has not been optimized for the new resolution (as mentioned above already). But I am not really convinced on this. I'd rather believe that Apple just turned of some anti-aliasing because of the higher resolution of the new displays to save GPU power and battery. A hint for this might be that the screenshot of the Series 2 has no aliasing on the second hand but in total looks more blurry.

Series 2:

Series 4:

Best regards,
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 6, 2007
it must be bug, i've seen the same thing on my series 4. Some how, it went away, maybe a restart fixed it, not sure.
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