Series5-Always on display functionality

smarks90

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Hi all,

While I know that the always-on display is a huge win for some people, I'm curious if anyone has read or seen any reviews suggesting we will be able to turn this on or off?

The review I did read suggested battery life does remain pretty much unchanged from Series4, I'm wondering if we were to turn this off, could we get even better battery life. I have never minded the off/on, wrist raise or tap to wake of the series4 and below that I have had. just a random thought. I'll find out Friday but thought I'd check in with my fellow Apple fans here :)

Thanks!
 

deeddawg

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Someone posted that this question was answered with a yes when asked at the after-keynote product show.

Whether true or not remains to be seen. I would be very surprised if it were not possible.
 

myapple2019

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Hi all,

While I know that the always-on display is a huge win for some people, I'm curious if anyone has read or seen any reviews suggesting we will be able to turn this on or off?

The review I did read suggested battery life does remain pretty much unchanged from Series4, I'm wondering if we were to turn this off, could we get even better battery life. I have never minded the off/on, wrist raise or tap to wake of the series4 and below that I have had. just a random thought. I'll find out Friday but thought I'd check in with my fellow Apple fans here :)

Thanks!
I do not intend to turn the always on display off because this feature is the only one which makes Apple Watch truly behaving as a “normal” watch. It is very annoying enough to have current or older Apple Watch has to be awakened by raising the wrist to wake or tapping it to display the time or its content as it is not a normal watch behavior. Even a digital watch can display its content without doing anything. I am wondering if we have to awaken all clocks including in cars to display the time. How do you feel?:)
 
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smarks90

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I do not intend to turn the always on display off because this feature is the only one which makes Apple Watch truly behaving as a “normal” watch. It is very annoying enough to have current or older Apple Watch has to be awakened by raising the wrist to wake or tapping it to display the time or its content as it is not a normal watch behavior. Even a digital watch can display its content without doing anything. I am wondering if we have to awaken all clocks including in cars to display the time. How do you feel?:)
I don't know that I will turn it off either. more of a random curiosity as a potential means to save a little battery life.

I was never a watch-wearer before Apple Watch came out so this never really bugged me as I know it has traditional watch wearers.
 

myapple2019

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I don't know that I will turn it off either. more of a random curiosity as a potential means to save a little battery life.

I was never a watch-wearer before Apple Watch came out so this never really bugged me as I know it has traditional watch wearers.
I was the same as you. I had never a watch until Apple Watch came and realized how annoying not having always on display. Not surprise the Apple Watch trade in is the lowest ever.

The USA Today Apple Watch series 5 reviewer brought a superb point about the “always on display” feature.
He stated: "Having to raise your wrist to peek at the time, or for that matter, other glance-able information such as your next appointment or the activity rings tied to your fitness routine, may be a faux pas socially or in the office. The people you're engaging with may think they're boring you.

"And an always-on display serves a real purpose when you're standing on a crowded bus, riding a bike, cooking or are otherwise occupied."
 
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PatrickNSF

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>> Having to raise your wrist to peek at the time, or for that matter, other glance-able information...may be a faux pas socially or in the office. The people you're engaging with may think they're boring you. <<

But most times they are :p
 

Macalway

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I'm sure you will save some battery life, but the point of it is, not much. I imagine their aim was to make it so there's limited trade-off. Otherwise, many people would just turn it off, and claim they upgraded to the 5 for improved battery.

A guess would be a half to 1 hour savings with it off. Who knows.

Don't the reviews mention this stuff? (too lazy to read them).
 
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warburg

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Does anyone know whether the Always On display is very dim compared to the display when the watch is raised? Is it easy to see at a glance?
 

BillGates1969

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I wonder if when the battery drops below say 15% there is an option to automatically turn off the always on display. If not now, I am sure there will be.
 

PBz

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Hi all,

While I know that the always-on display is a huge win for some people, I'm curious if anyone has read or seen any reviews suggesting we will be able to turn this on or off?

The review I did read suggested battery life does remain pretty much unchanged from Series4, I'm wondering if we were to turn this off, could we get even better battery life. I have never minded the off/on, wrist raise or tap to wake of the series4 and below that I have had. just a random thought. I'll find out Friday but thought I'd check in with my fellow Apple fans here :)

Thanks!
Very interested in battery life of AW5 with screen on and off. I get 2 days with my AW4. If the AW5 can match that I’ll consider it. I’m not going with less though considering the slight upgrade. 50+ hours and I’m in.
 

rosegoldoli

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Very interested in battery life of AW5 with screen on and off. I get 2 days with my AW4. If the AW5 can match that I’ll consider it. I’m not going with less though considering the slight upgrade. 50+ hours and I’m in.
i saw a review today on youtube where they said without the AOD is so slight of difference it wasnt worth noting
 

MrGimper

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I do not intend to turn the always on display off because this feature is the only one which makes Apple Watch truly behaving as a “normal” watch. It is very annoying enough to have current or older Apple Watch has to be awakened by raising the wrist to wake or tapping it to display the time or its content as it is not a normal watch behavior. Even a digital watch can display its content without doing anything. I am wondering if we have to awaken all clocks including in cars to display the time. How do you feel?:)
I guess this is an annoyance for those who think of it as a watch. I think of it as a wrist computer that also happens to tell the time.
 

unashamedgeek

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Has anyone seen a review mention how AOD being enabled works with nightstand mode? I'm wondering if it keeps the screen on now or still turns it off like now.
 

FunkyMagicUK

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Has anyone seen a review mention how AOD being enabled works with nightstand mode? I'm wondering if it keeps the screen on now or still turns it off like now.
I saw a video last night that confirmed the watch has to be on wrist for display to be always on.

No idea why that might be, and why it wouldn’t be an optional thing.
 
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