Strange Taptic Feedback

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Onimusha370, May 17, 2015.

  1. Onimusha370 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2010
    Hey everyone,
    When I get an iMessage, the Taptic feedback is very much like a tap on the wrist, and is virtually silent. However, when I recieve notifications from third party apps, the feedback feels like I have an iPhone vibrating on my wrist... It's noisy, and it feels as if something is 'loose' in the watch, the best way to describe it is that it's very similar to the buzz your iPhone makes when you get a notification.
    Anyone else experiencing this? Not sure if the feedback is meant to be different or if I have a problem.

  2. Onimusha370 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2010
  3. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    I don't think this is unusual, it's just a different vibration pattern so that you can differentiate between notification types. I'm quite disappointed by how noisy the taptic engine can be; I turned off vibrate on my iPhone since the watch is so much more discreet, but it would be much better if it was practically silent. I'm hoping that later built models will improve on this.
  4. Onimusha370 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2010
    contacted apple and they said this is a problem, they said that there should be no difference between tactic feedback from apple apps and 3rd party apps...
    they wanted me to erase all content and re-pair it and stuff, but i didn't want to go through all that.
    Interesting that they think its a problem though.
    Like you said, its annoying how loud it can be, maybe fixable by software?
  5. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    Well, they're wrong, the vibration pattern is different according to the notification (call, iMessage, third party notification). Anyway...

    It would only be fixable by software if they change the the pattern to something that doesn't set up a resonant vibration.
  6. Cruiser89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015
    So I'm pretty new on here and I have the exact same problem. It happened to me after 6 days ownership of an Apple Watch Space Grey Sports.

    The OP got the problem spot on. Feels like an iPhone vibration and a weird noise. Didn't make any difference if it was normal or 3rd party. Apple confirmed it is an issue.

    When I checked the serial number it was build week 17 and the factory was FH.

    Watch was received back to Apple on Fri 29/5/15 and currently waiting on a replacement when stocks arrive in.
  7. flur macrumors 68000

    Nov 12, 2012
    I'm pretty sure it's by design, regardless of what the call center says. Third party notifications are a tap-buzz and have been on my watch since I got it well over a month ago, despite re-pairing and numerous restarts, resets, etc.

    It sure would be great if Apple would let us choose what haptic we got for different notification types.
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am wishing my watch did an long haptic vibrate when I get an email or text as I do not feel the little "tap" on my wrist! In a noisy environment the little "ding" is also useless:(
  9. speedyyellow macrumors member

    May 22, 2015
    There is a setting to get it to do that. Prominent Haptics or something in the iPhone app.

    Edit: Yeah: My Watch -> Sounds & Haptics -> Prominent Haptic
  10. Cruiser89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015
    Honestly... It was totally different. The watch and taptic were fine and on point and performing as expected for the first 6 days regardless of what app was notifying. Day 6 it all changed, it got really "fuzzy" and the engine was emitting a noise when it was in use which it had never ever done before.

    I always had prominent haptic enable and even that got really really faint / fuzzy, not like it was before.

    3 Separate advisers have confirmed that there are issues with the taptic engines and going for straight replacements.
  11. jmh286 macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2015
    I agree that some of the third party notifications are different. In particular seems to vibrate more than anything else. Just my two cents
  12. SisterBlue22 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2015
    There are definitely different tap patterns depending on the type of notification, but with my watch on silent, none of the taps make any noise whatsoever, and I don't think they should.
  13. Cruiser89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015
    I appreciate that there are different tap patterns. The watch is not changing that. It is purely the engine that is now not doing what it did previously. It also sounds like it's in pain when it does tap...
  14. flur macrumors 68000

    Nov 12, 2012
    Yeah, if it's making a sound, something's wrong with it.

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