Taptic Engine Weak on my Watch Sport?

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  1. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I got my watch yesterday and today was my first "full" day with it. It's incredible.

    One thing I noticed is that the "taps" feel somewhat weak to me and at first I was missing many notifications. Just this morning I glanced down at my watch and saw that I missed a text message tap. Now I'll add that I'm coming from a Pebble, wearing one for about a year and a half, at that. The Pebble certainly doesn't "tap" you, it's a rough vibration that you can actually hear from a good distance away. After reading that there were some issues with weak taptic engines, I became concerned that mine may be defective.

    At the moment, I don't know anyone who I can compare watches with as none of my friends or family have or received theirs yet. I figured I'd ask around here to see what the general consensus is – is the taptic engine just normally "weak" or is there something wrong with mine?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    I notice mine more each day. The taps felt weak at first but as I've learned what to expect I have tuned into the taps.

    Not sure if you have a store near but maybe you can try a different watch there for comparison.
     
  3. vinitmenon macrumors regular

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    i felt it was weak too.. but give few hrs and you will feel every tap..
     
  4. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    There's always the "prominent haptic" setting to get an extra strong tap before normal ones. That seems to make it a lot less likely to miss something.
     
  5. Teach4 macrumors 6502

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    I put mine on the stronger tap to try it out, it is stronger but I noticed with it off.
     
  6. trek360 macrumors 6502

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    I would contact apple about it. There have been reports of faulty taptic engine components made by one of the suppliers. I just got my watch but I can feel the taps pretty well.
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-watch-faulty-taptic-engine-slows-roll-out-1430339460
     
  7. kitkat2 macrumors member

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    It feels strong on my 38mm sport and felt strong on all the demos I tried on. I don't use prominent but do use the strongest setting otherwise.
     
  8. kjparfekt macrumors regular

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    I'm also coming from the Pebble and the haptic feedback feels extremely weak even on prominent and high. I had my Pebble in the living room and could hear it vibrating from the bedroom during my morning alarm. I never missed a notification with that but like you keep noticing that I'm missing things on my watch.

    Hopefully this will be addressed. I also don't have a watch to compare to but might go to the store to try a demo model and compare.
     
  9. lk400 macrumors 6502a

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    Mine also feels weak. i know it misses some taps too. For example if I force touch to change watch face, it will not vibrate sometimes (about 50% of the time when woken from sleep). Do others have this issue?
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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  11. diekehle macrumors newbie

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    Not sure

    Hi guys i am not sure if my taptic engine works well. just want to ask maybe you can help me with this.

    sometimes the watch just vibrates and sometimes it knocks. i recognized it depends on the notification if it comes from. facebook messenger for example its like knock knock brr brr knock. if i get the stand up notification it is like knock knock.

    i like the idea that i get different notification haptics but i always think something is broken. can you guys verify the behavior? Because the recognition of the vibrations is weak, the knock is fine.
     
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

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    According to the WSJ there is no recall planned since Apple caught the issue before the defective part went out (at least en masse). Now it's entirely possible that some did go out or that even the "good" part has some rate of defects (inevitable in any manufactured product), so the OP might check it out at an Apple Store. Perhaps compare it to the tactic feedback on one of the try-on models in demo mode.
     
  13. SMIDG3T Suspended

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    You my friend probably have a defective unit. If you are not happy, take it to Apple.
     
  14. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    This is a complicated issue because what may feel right to us, might not feel right to someone else. His best option is to go into a store and compare it with one of their working display models before jumping to any conclusions.
     
  15. SMIDG3T Suspended

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    That is true. It's just after the news yesterday, I had to raise it. Although a lot of people before me probably raised that issue too.
     
  16. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    Taptic Engine Weak on my Watch Sport?


    The article on Macrumors stated that they caught the issue before they were shipped out, so any product out there that is defective isn't because of the supply issue. I don't think his product is faulty, he is just use to higher vibration. Coming to an Apple Watch from a Pebble is not an easy transition, especially when your body has become so use to more extreme vibrations.
     
  17. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    Can't believe it, but this just made CNN news as well..... all the defects were scrapped and caught before shipping which is why we had the broad shipping date to begin with. Possible but I think that it is in peoples heads now.

    as far as for me, it felt super strong at first then as I got used to it it became less obvious but still noticeable. almost like I got used to the taps quick enough for it to be normal. Hope that makes sense.
     
  18. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    It happens to me sometimes, if I am in a busy environment and completely engrossed in what I'm doing, I will miss the vibration. But only occasionally, 9/10 times I do feel it. It's subtle, not aggressive which is why people like it.
     
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Perhaps. I believe Apple designed the tactic feedback deliberately to be subtle.
     
  20. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    Taptic Engine Weak on my Watch Sport?


    Well yes...lol that was the whole point of hyping the "taptic engine".
     
  21. Sh4wN macrumors regular

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    All normal I think. I actually had the same problem as the TO the first one or two days and had the feeling that the taptic engine is to weak. But you really get acustomed to the feeling and I pretty much never miss a notification now.

    The different notification types are normal as well. WhatsApp does "brr brrr", stand up notifications tap you twice and so on... I thought my Taptic engine was broken, after I was getting more sensitive for the feeling, but it's not. I think it's actually a good thing, that you can actually feel a difference.
     
  22. yalag macrumors 65816

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    The thing is how do you even know something is weak? How do you measure? Unless you can feel it getting weaker from day to day, I don't see how one would know.
     
  23. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    Yes, my problem is that I have no frame of reference to know if my watch is actually weak. I expected something a bit different from the descriptions I read before getting the watch, but it is certainly still noticeable in most situations.
     
  24. Agnosto macrumors newbie

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    I just got my Stainless Sport Band watch today. The Haptic/Taptic felt much weaker than I recalled when I tried it on, so I had a friend of mine with the sport model try it on. Even at the strongest setting he said mine is 1/2 the strength of his. So, it does sound like there are some watches out there with defects...
     
  25. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

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    Coming from a Pebble, I also thought the taps were very weak and easy to miss. After a few days I've turned prominent haptic off though and notice them every time. It takes some getting used to since the Pebble was so aggressive with the notifications.
     

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