Power Reserve, from what it Appears, is Tacky

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  1. iBreatheApple, Apr 13, 2015
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    iBreatheApple macrumors 68020

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    Does anyone else feel that power reserve looks pretty tacky on the classy Apple Watch? I completely understand the purpose of this function so I know there can't be animations and pictures and all, but this looks a little too Fisher Price from what I've seen. I don't really know what they could have done to make it better, but it just seems they could have done something a little different. Opinions?
     

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  2. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

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    I'd rather have a power reserve w/ a tacky display that lasts the rest of the day than having the watch go totally off and useless for the rest of the day.
     
  3. iBreatheApple thread starter macrumors 68020

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    My point was completely missed. I agree with you. But shutting off all functionality would, no doubt, save battery. And while I'm no engineer/designer, it seems as if designing a "nicer" stillface with no interaction seems completely logical and would yield the same benefits.
     
  4. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry.
     
  5. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    I suppose they wanted it as minimal as possible to save on power (more white on screen would presumably need more power). I agree it's not exactly the greatest looking thing.
     
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    I just wish the time was centered, so I could pretend it was a Casio from the 80's in reserve mode.
     
  7. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    The minimal screen looks ok to me. Why do you think it looks tacky? The layout? Font?
     
  8. jk4lebron23 macrumors 65816

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    As long as it tells me what time it is im fine!
     
  9. iBreatheApple thread starter macrumors 68020

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    My take is that, majority of the time, you will still have your phone on you. Because even if you don't, the reason you likely have your watch on you and your phone absent (ie. workout, et cetera) will be negated because all functionality will be lost. So I just feel they could make the power reserve mode screen look a lot nicer for a small fraction of loss of extended battery. When that dies, you'll probably still have your phone to tell you the time.
     
  10. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't speak for him but I'm guessing some people assumed it would still have a normal watch face but cut off apps/notifications. Unfortunately in order to preserve power they likely didn't have much to work with. Pretty ugly overall IMO, but still useful
     
  11. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    its a watch...


    ...that just so happens to do other cool stuff 99% of the time.


    no other watch has done this before.

    ;)
     
  12. Elzbeth macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I think it could of looked better without using more power, it is Apple after all.
     
  13. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

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    If I am correct, the Apple Watch features an OLED screen. These screens emit VERY LITTLE or even no light when the color is pure black (#000000).

    So therefore, the more black on the screen, the more power is being saved.
     
  14. Pupi macrumors regular

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    I would change the layout maybe.

    Centered.

    Lightning on top.

    Time below. Thinner font maybe as well.
     
  15. bige12 macrumors 6502

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    Things will get better when Apple release software updates for the watch via the apple watch app on the iPhone that is probably how we are going to to update the software on the watch
     

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  16. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

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    This is not something I care about in any way, shape, or form. As long as it shows the time, it's fine by me.
     
  17. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    I with the OP on this and somewhat bewildered by the rest of you.

    Apple is known for its attention to detail and stylish design. Yes, when the watch in in power reserve mode there are limitations on what it can accomplish. But what they've come up with so far is pretty disappointing. I know they can do better than that.
     
  18. iBreatheApple thread starter macrumors 68020

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    90% of the time, actually. ;)
     
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    Is the accelerometer working in the background tracking when it goes to reserve mode?
     
  20. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    You're going by the battery I'm going by the actual use time in reality.
     
  21. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

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    they could easily (and probably will) make it look better.

    Center time, use a classic font like what's on the iPhone lock screen currently, perhaps a background graphic of some kind.
     
  22. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    The look of the Power Reserve mode will be tweaked in a future software update.
     
  23. iBreatheApple thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Source?
     
  24. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Every pixel you light up uses energy. So showing simple text on a black screen is most indicative of "saving energy"
     
  25. kjparfekt macrumors regular

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    Power saving mode is useless. Just keep giving me notifications until the power is dead. If I want to know the time I'll look at a clock or take out my phone.
     

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