Stop Apple Watch display for sleeping

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by HaruAoki, May 22, 2015.

  1. HaruAoki macrumors member

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    Hello,

    My friend has a question about the Apple Watch display sleeping, when he raises this arm to wake the Apple Watch after about 7 seconds with out clicking on anything the display will go back to sleep.

    Is this meant to happen (for power saving) and is there anyway to changes the time for the display to go to sleep?

    He ask this because when looking at something on the watch it bugs him that it goes to sleep when trying to read or other things.

    Thank you for your time and I hope you have a great day.
     
  2. Zcott macrumors 68020

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  3. CalMin macrumors 6502a

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    The OS is about aggressive power management. It is too aggressive at times - especially when you get the spinning wheel on 3rd party apps and the display times out constantly while waiting for data.
     
  4. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    The only way to keep the screen on is to rest a finger on the screen or continually turn the digital crown.
     
  5. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    If you tap the screen instead of activating it by flicking your wrist, the screen will stay on around 3 times longer. Just an alternative.
     
  6. joemc72 macrumors newbie

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    I know this is my son's only gripe about his watch. He's an EMT and uses his to take vital signs on patients, and has had to get into the habit of flicking his wrist to keep the screen active. Hopefully this can be changed in a future update.
     
  7. OneMike macrumors 601

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    there should be an option to specify how long the display stays on. Hopefully will change over time.
     
  8. bh85 macrumors regular

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    I agree! Display going to sleep is not convenient or that good of idea. I know that main reason for this is to save on battery, but why not give option for people that want to have display stay on permanently? After all, I wanna show off my cool watch face.

    These are the things I would like to see Apple do for us:
    1. Give us the option to have watchface stay on permanently
    2. Let developers create new watchfaces. Everyone will get tired of the ones we have available now
    3. Maybe some kind of keyboard for texting, or writing with finger than converting it to text
    4. Reply to email with siri
     
  9. orev macrumors regular

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    If they let people configure it to stay on all the time, you're going to get a ton of idiots complaining about the battery life, and even more blogs posting about bad battery life, etc... It doesn't matter if they chose to do it or they agree to some popup warning them about it, they will still complain and complain. The number of people I see complaining about battery on iPhones or iPads is ridiculous when all of them have the brightness turned up to the max.
     
  10. HaruAoki thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the help guys, sad to hear it can't change I would like some how to change it, they could leave it like it is by default and allow you to change it in the settings I would love to change it.

    I know its like that to save power but I would like to choose how long I can look and it and just lower my arm to put it to sleep.

    But we will just have to wait and see. Anyway thank you all for the help and I hope you all have a great day / and or night.
     
  11. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Yikes. I don't know how I feel about an emergency professional relying on the Watch just yet. You've brought up one relevant point. Imagine if he were able to increase the screen time, and the watch ran out of power before his shift was over, as a result, or even in general. Or what if an accident requires him to expose the watch to submerging in or pressurized water streams, and the watch fails? Or exposure to excessive heat shutting the watch down? Or the screen shatters from a minor impact as has been shown is common with the Sport? These basic issues should be worked out by non-critical users before they get employed in the field in life or death situations.
     
  12. bh85 macrumors regular

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    First of all, battery life is Apple's problem. That's why, and no doubt in my mind, they will work on battery to making it last longer. I bet, when they release next version of Apple Watch, it will last at least 24 hours or more. Up at least 6 hours from their current estimated time. Now, if people complain that its still not enough, then they really need to get a life. But, to cut display power is not the best solution. I can't imagine that just the watchface uses that much battery. Its a basic function. I really wouldn't mind losing 2 hours of battery life if the watch stayed on.
     
  13. daydayvol macrumors regular

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    The stop watch needs a setting atleast. this shouldn't be that hard for them to change but if they will is the question.
     
  14. joemc72 macrumors newbie

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    He says, "That's why i carry a cheap Timex in my backpack". :)
     
  15. orev, May 22, 2015
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    orev macrumors regular

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    Display lighting is absolutely the largest battery consumer in any device, unless you're doing some heavy data processing which of course is not happening on the Watch. CPU, wifi, bluetooth, etc... all use extremely minor amounts of power.
     
  16. macduke macrumors 604

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    I think Apple may give us a few settings options (maybe 10s, 15s) in the future once they fine-tune the algorithm for raising your wrist to see the time. If it turns on accidentally too often now with normal movement, then having the timer set longer could really kill battery life. Future versions should also have better battery life so it will probably be possible. And that's probably also why intentional touches keep the screen on longer. They're far less likely to be a false positive and waste battery life while you're walking or whatever.
     
  17. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    I can tell you with phones, the display is the largest draw on the battery. I doubt it's any different on the watch. Have you seen some of the tear-downs? The battery is TINY. There's very little real estate in there, and you know they're going to want to make the next one thinner.

    We haven't had a breakthrough in battery tech in 20 years. (maybe hydrogen cell, but that isn't feasible yet). Apple's doing shaped batteries for their MacBooks, to try to get as much as they can in there. We've been lucky that the CPU's and memory have been getting smaller and more energy efficient.

    Expecting another 6 hours (current 18 hours) in the next rev? (not unless they keep the same footprint and increase the battery size significantly). Then, they'll likely have a more powerful CPU, a better wifi radio, etc, etc. All of these things eat battery life.

    It wouldn't take 2 hours away from your batter life if you left it on all day. My guess? You'd get between 6 and 8 hours of use, tops.
     
  18. aalexorr macrumors newbie

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    New option to allow display to stay on for 70 seconds with a tap (part of watchOS 2).
     
  19. sailermon macrumors member

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    Yes, now you have an option to keep it on for over a minute... Quit complaining!
     
  20. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    I'd love to know just how long the watch could provide power if the backlight were able to be turned on constantly.
     
  21. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Yep right 100%.

    I was walking in the mall yesterday and I noticed an iphone sticking out of a girls back pocket and the LED light was on! I tried to tell her but she looked at me like I was crazy and almost ran from me. She did not speak English (getting more and more common). I followed her for another minute of so and when she turned around I had my iPhone LED on and pointed to mine and then hers. She pulled her phone out and saw the light on and understood what I was up too and gave me a big smile!
     
  22. Armen macrumors 604

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    Tell me you didn't point to her ass and make strange gestures :p

    I'd run away from you too haha.
     

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