Running with WatchOS4

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 960design, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. 960design macrumors 68020

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    #1
    Been running a couple of times with the new WatchOS and really like the 'flash / blink' feature the watch now has when running at night.

    It has three settings:
    1. Solid White
    2. Flash White / Black
    3. Solid Red
    There are a couple of annoying things at the moment; not complaining, just commenting, it is very new. Currently the 'flashlight' goes to sleep after a couple of minutes ( maybe five ). The battery is significantly hit. I did a short 3 mile run and the battery started at full charge and was down to 58% in about 20 minutes. Turning the flash while running is cumbersome, you have to navigate out of the activity display by pressing the crown, swipe up from the bottom to display the 'dock', tap the flashlight icon, then swipe left to get to strobe. You have to do this every five minutes.
     
  2. QzzB macrumors regular

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    Can you adjust the brightness of the flash? If I remember correctly isn't the Series 2 like the brightest ever display?? if the flashing is using maximum brightness regardless of settings it will kill the battery quite a bit.

    Hopefully the battery issues are more down to the Beta rather than the way its designed
     
  3. 960design thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Not from the flashlight settings or from anywhere on the watch that I can find. You can adjust the brightness from the iPhone. I currently have the brightness set at 50%.

    The flash is bright enough to annoy the runners on my watch side. Definitely bright enough to kill your night vision if you happen to glance at the watch face while running. It is bright enough to see light shadows from mailboxes and bushes when running by. This was a couple of days before full moon on a clear night.

    Certainly could be and has been in the past.
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy, Jun 16, 2017
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    Posted wrong OS version information. Nevermind.
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    That is NOT wOS 4.
     
  6. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Sorry about that. Didn't realize when I posted. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  7. ohsnaphappy macrumors regular

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    I want my watch to flash while running at night, I think it's a nice safety feature. How do I enable that? Do I just swipe up and turn on flashlight? Is that the only way? Thanks!
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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