Taptic feedback question

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by shenfrey, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Is it true that only we - the wearers - will know when we get a notification?

    That was the embarrassing thing about other smart watches like the moto 360, I'll be in a lecture hall and all of a sudden there will be this huge vibrating sound coming from my wrist. Not good. I could silence it sure, but if it's true about Apple Watch then it's a much nicer alternative.
  2. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Kauai, HI
    That is what it sounds like (or doesn't sound like :D ). I can hear my Pebble vibrate in the next room it is so loud. I will LOVE being able to stand in a group and NOT have to look at my phone when I hear a ding.
  3. Cuyler macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    I believe you can change the intensity of the tapic feedback in the settings higher or lower according to your needs, however it's hard to say how well it works in real life without using one for awhile. The noisy environment of the Apple store could easily down out vibration sounds that you could hear in a classroom. I think we need to wait until next to get better feedback from new watch owners.
  4. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    It's a safe assumption. the tactic engine is different to standard watches. The Moto and pebble have actual vibration motors in them that spin rapidly. Apple watch doesn't. Electromagnets or some such if I recall.
  5. macAllen macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    Las Vegas
    I agree! I have the original pebble and dread when I got a notification. The vibration compared to the Watch is superb. Taptic feedback is exactly how Johnny Ive explained it in the Introducing The Watch video. It's haptic and feels like some one is literally tapping on your wrist. Vibrations are short and discrete, but still viable.

    I've like many other have tried one on and can attest that I don't think that it will be heard in a quite room even more so with the professor talking, unlike the pebble.
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    You can't hear it at all trust me I shoved my ear up to it when I tried it on. And the sensation is as they say 'like someone tapping you'
  7. Cuyler macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    That's cool.. silent alerts could be the Apple watch's killer feature.
  8. Ergates-thi-Ant macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
    Wow, mine is almost silent. You can only just hear it when it goes off on my wrist. If I'm resting the watch on a desk, though, then the buzz is alarmingly loud. Original kickstarter edition here.
  9. LuvAussies macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2003
    I tried one on and felt it the other day, it really does just feel like a tap on the wrist! I didn't hear anything. It's very nice!
  10. tsrail macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2011
    No sound - light tap

    When I first tried it on in-store - I had the band a bit loose. The Apple employee was showing me features and ask "did you feel that?" "Feel what?" I asked.

    The tapping was very subtle, and with the watch loose, I didn't even notice. Once I adjusted the band to get a normal fit, I felt it just fine.

    Not sure if the intensity of the tap is adjustable. The demo units in store are not fully functional/configurable at this point.

    As for one who spends time in meetings or places where loud mobile phone BUZZing is noticed and unappreciated, I think this alert technique will be excellent.:)
  11. AbeFrohman macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    It is - via the phone app settings.

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