Shake to wake

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by coolerkid, May 10, 2015.

  1. coolerkid macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2015
    My biggest complaint is that the screen is always off when I need it. When I'm in the gym for instance or playing sports, I often want to glance at the time, notifications, activity app, ect. while my arm is down and I can't raise it or reach over and turn it on. I want them to add wrist gestures for one handed operations. Like you could shake your wrist to wake the screen.

    I'd also like to see the screen turn on when a notification comes in, regardless of the position. And I'd like to have an option to keep the display always on, like while I'm in the fitness app. I know it will drain the battery, but I want to be able to keep it on so I can glance at my watch while I'm exercising.
  2. mynameisjosh macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2015
    Palm Coast, FL
    What are you doing where you can't simply raise your wrist to glance at the watch?
  3. coolerkid thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Playing sports, yoga, gym classes, weights, biking, laying in bed, ect. For instance if I'm doing pushups and want to glance over at my wrist and see what time it is, my heart rate, ect. I can't see anything. If I could give my wrist a quick shake to turn it on I could glance over without raising my wrist.
  4. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    I don't understand why you are having such a problem. Even lying down, I just flick my wrist and there is the time. I can't even see the watch face without moving my wrist. I think your expectations may be very unrealistic, if not impossible to achieve without being a contortionist. This watch may not be the right device for you. The Pebble might be a better choice.
  5. maliu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    Turn your wrist, no need to raise your arm or shake.
  6. Harpgtrguy macrumors newbie


    Dec 31, 2016
    Try changing wrist orientation from the wrist orientation that you currently have to the other wrist orientation. For example I had my orientation on my left wrist. When I changed it to right wrist the display came on when I looked at it.
  7. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    Im sorry but those are some of the lamest reasons to want an always on screen.
  8. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I get the idea of a shake to wake, but if that was an option, it would be turning on all the time and running would burn through the entire battery. If you are doing push-ups and tried to shake your arm, it would need to be a slight movement you would want to turn on the display or you would fall. In that case, the shake would turn on all day with just the slightest movement of your arm.

    Better idea is to use the wake screen with 70 seconds on for the display. Then you will see the screen the entire time you are doing pushups because you typically don't do any weightlifting move for that long. I assume you can activate the display before you start a pushup and then see the screen for the entire time you do the exercise movement. Then it is up to you if you want the screen to light up or not.

    Personally, I turn off wrist raise for workouts and turn on when I want to check. I also turn off the wrist raise for driving, sleeping and movies. :)
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Regardless of the OP's justifications or what you consider lame , an always on screen is likely imminent if the processor/battery are efficient enough. And with the transition of micro LED also in development, it's likely going to happen.

    The whole shake to activate the screen or wake the screen, is useless and old news. Phones have been doing this for years and The current Apple Watch battery life will suffer greatly with a jerk of every wrist movement. Raise to wake is the only suitable option until technology advances with always on display.
  10. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    K uhh uhh sure.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Excellent. Glad you agree.

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