New nightstand mode and charging stands

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by JohnApples, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    So I'm really looking forward to watchOS 2 and can't wait for the features (which I believe should have been in OS 1 but I digress). One of the features which I thought was pretty nifty was the nightstand mode, where your watch will turn into a nicely lit alarm clock while on the charger, complete with a physical snooze button!

    However, according to Apple, this only happens when you turn your watch sideways whilst it charges. I know a good number of us watch owners, including me, had bought or created a stand to more elegantly display and charge our watches. Since most (if not all) of these stands hold the watch upright, we will unfortunately not be able to take advantage of this cool new feature.

    It's not a huge deal, but it is disappointing. It seems like an obvious oversight by Apple. Does anything think there will be another way to activate this mode? Why not have a setting to turn on nightstand mode whenever the watch is connected to a charger? IS there a setting already that went unmentioned? If possible, could someone with the beta find out if this mode really only works with the watch sideways?

  2. lirn8 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2013
    Good question ill be happy to know as well if this mode can be activated in upright possition...
    In this mode the display stays on all the time?
  3. iConnected macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2011
    A good solution would be for Apple to add a fully customisable settings option that activates nightstand mode in the user's choice of landscape and/or portrait orientation or neither.

    You can suggest this here:
  4. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Nope. All it does is display the time in large letters. It turns off the display after 30 seconds. Any amount of movement will however wake up the display again.
  5. soya macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2010
  6. makotoisle macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2012
    I'm not 100% certain, but I would imagine that a portrait-laying watch would make it difficult to use the "snooze" button, whereas a landscape-laying watch has the buttons sticking up like a traditional alarm clock.
  7. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    to be honest a snooze function in which you cover the display would be must more useful. and having a stop button would be too much temptation for those of us who hate waking up in the morning.

    Having said that, I tried last night to set my watch in "landscape" position on my spigen stand and it can hold the watch just fine..
  8. lirn8 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2013
    You are right but I want Apple to let me make the decision
  9. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    I am not sure about my motoric skills when half asleep meaning I wouldn't be able to push a button with the watch on my Spigen stand without dropping it from there. o_O
  10. JamerG macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2015
    What's the point of that then? Surely the whole reason to have a "night stand" mode is that you can see the time without activating the watch (which you can do anyway)? Otherwise it's just a basic alarm...

    Are you sure about that?
  11. wepiii macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2012

    I wasn't the one who made that post, but he is correct. I have the beta, and it definitely turns off after 30 seconds or so. Kinda disappointing. I can also confirm it only works while horizontal, so anyone using a stand that keeps the watch upright will not be able to take advantage of this feature.
  12. jasie02 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2014
    You need one of this, hope my is coming soon. :)
  13. Peterpandy macrumors member


    May 5, 2015
    I think they should have at least made the watch box like the edition one with charging capabilities, this woulda been cool for the night mode. I seen someone make one out of the regular box on 9-5 Mac but it's not as elegant as the edition charging box
  14. jomo25 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    Would be equally difficult to snooze or turn off alarm using the elevation lab as it would be if a portrait mode existed. actually, i'd say even harder. press down and the watch will fall off the stand. harder to provide counter pressure in that orientation (since its suspended by magnet) than if portrait...

    And if the clock actually turns off after 30 seconds, then really, what's the point? if its the case, then i'm not bothered that the nightstand mode won't work for my Spigen stand, cuz then nightstand mode isn't very useful IMO.
  15. Shinigami301 Suspended


    Jun 5, 2010
    cogito, ergo zoom.
    Wait a minute... Apple made a mistake because the (future and not yet final) landscape mode doesn't work with unauthorized, third party charging stands? Did I miss something here?
  16. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  17. JohnApples thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    Thanks for the input everyone, and for those who tested it out. No, Apple has no obligation to add support for 3rd party stands, but... Why not? I don't think it would hurt anyone to have an optional vertical mode for those who do use a stand.

    Though I guess it doesn't matter much, since it only lasts 30 seconds. I'll submit feedback for both a vertical nightstand mode, and an "always on but dim" mode as well. I would love this feature so much!
  18. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    My only problem with it was this: You hear "nightstand mode" and think "Yay! That will do something with the watch nightstand I just bought!" Then it's a feature that works with the watch aligned in a way that almost none of the actual nightstands are built to do. It just seemed like a weird name, and my actual full nightstand with a drawer has a glass top. If I don't have the watch on the little charging stand I bought or with the band stretched out, ceramic or sapphire on glass with a charging cable tugging downward is going to yank it off like a Slip 'N' Slide.
  19. JohnApples thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    I see what you mean, and I agree. I too thought this would have something to do with charging stands. Before I got my stand, I never laid my watch like the way they show because it too yanked off too easily. And the magnet was strong enough to drag the watch with it instead of detaching.

    Honestly, I think they designed it this way because it works with the only Apple charging stand- the Edition box. Still, including a vertical mode would be neat for the rest of us.
  20. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    Does tapping the screen turn it on again?

    If so, that fulfills my need. I don't want the watch sitting lit all night getting burn-in and taunting me when I can't sleep. But if I can tap it to see the time, that's perfect.
  21. wepiii macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2012
    Yes it does.
  22. jaymc macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2012
    Port Orchard, WA
    I'm getting one of these and intend my iPhone to be used for alarm clock, weather, radio, etc. Happy to just use the watch stand for charging. :)
  23. Ben_Dover macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2015
    I don't care.. I have my watch on while I sleep.
  24. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    IMO, when we have a dock, we don't need this function.

    For a user with a dock, we don't really need this nightstand mode. This is just a mode that in landscape presentation with no face option. We still need to touch the screen to read the time, which make no different as the watch is on the dock.

    The biggest difference is, if we don't have a dock, when we want to touch the screen, we may accidentally push the watch away, which will not happen when we have a proper dock.

    I am actually quite surprise that they add this feature. Think about the edition owner, they will charge the watch in the box, but it's actually harder to read the time in nightstand mode when you charge it inside the box, because the edge of the box block the vision a bit (especially when you are lying on the bed).

    Anyway, this is still a nice feature. I can see this may be useful when I stay in a hotel. Always good to have more function then less.
  25. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    So glad I backed the Premium One dock on Kickstarter. Their latest updates have focused on nightstand mode, and how the Premium One will be able to support the watch this way. Yay!

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