thoughts on the taptic engine

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by sir42, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. sir42 macrumors 6502

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    So I've had the watch now for about eight hours and I can barely feel the taptic engine for new notifications. I'm finding that I missing about 9/10 notifications coming to the watch because I just can't feel it tapping.

    I have the alert haptics turned up and still it's hardly detectable. Even when I send myself test notifications while sitting alone in a quiet room, and I'm expecting the tap, I can barely sense it.

    I'm coming from a Pebble and I never missed a vibration on that, so I know my wrist works.

    This leads me to think it's one of two things. Either the taptic engine on my watch is bad, just like on John Gruber's first test unit. Or the taptic engine just isn't that good.
     
  2. Blacklabel34 macrumors 6502

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    What band do you have and are you wearing it tight enough?
     
  3. sir42 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've got the sport band with the s/m strap. And for the last few hours I've had the band tightened so much it's uncomfortable and still I can barely feel the taps.
     
  4. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

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    It's definitely noticeable when I did the try on at the Apple Store. It's almost hard to ignore. Maybe take it in to see if you have a defective unit?
     
  5. alee macrumors 6502

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    Turn on Prominent Haptic in Settings. You can't miss it when that's on.
     
  6. SomeGuy2112 macrumors regular

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    +1 to this.

     
  7. sir42 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I definitely notice the touch when I turn on the pre-announce prominent haptic, but I feel like I shouldn't have to do that. I would think that the regular haptic, at least when on the high setting, should be enough to get a users attention in most situations.
     
  8. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

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    I tried prominent haptic and hated it. The normal one is more subtle and perfect.
     
  9. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think anyone here can help you here at this point. If you think it's a defect, take it to the Apple Store to compare with another watch.
     
  10. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I find it to be pretty good. I can definitely feel it. I turned off the audio alert to see if it was really the tap that I'm feeling or if it was the sound. I'm still getting all my alerts via the tap so it's definitely effective for me.
     
  11. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    Anyone else wish it would buzz like good old cellphones and smartphones? Maybe tapping you is more energy efficient than running a vibrating motor?

    You can also increase the sound on the watch. I've noticed mine was at minimum on default.
     
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I struggle to feel it sometimes b.c I am use to the way the pebble feels. At least you can glance at the watch really quick and know if there is a red dot you have a notification.
     
  13. sir42 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think that's right. Either the watch is an anomaly, and doesn't work right, or I'm the anomaly, and I just can't feel what most people are feeling.
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    There is little choice here except to wait till the Aplle store has some for you to test against yours. Worst is this may be months so it is possible that you should return your watch and get it replaced.

    Everyone is going to feel something different!
     
  15. SavinienCyrano macrumors newbie

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    No, please no! My Pebble vibration was so loud that it used to entertain the entire meeting room. I am so glad that the haptic alerts are now basically inaudible. The idea of vibration alerts is to be mute, and it seems that we are now finally on the way to that goal.
     
  16. Brookzy macrumors 68040

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    FWIW I thought mine was defective, tested against another model (mine SS Milanese, tested against a SG Sport) and it's exactly the same.

    The pulse is a lot less noticeable than I expected (and hoped).
     
  17. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    I find this strange, as its a lot stronger than I thought it would be.

    I really love the taps when you are using directions on the map. 3 taps on the wrist for left turn.
     
  18. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe your wrist is used to the vibration of the pebble? Wear it on your other wrist to see if you notice the difference.
     
  19. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    Well, at least give the option to tap or buzz.

    It would probably be too much of a battery killer, but what if a future WATCH would quickly detect the ambient noise in the room before doing the notification? If you're in a loud environment, like a club or a dinner at the mall, it would buzz. If you're in a quiet environment, like a staff meeting or library, it would tap.
     

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