Watching a movie on the Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bobob, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    I remember in the original launch event for the Apple Watch, they showed an app that provided a video feed of a garage door closing. Could this be adapted to show a movie on the Apple Watch?

    I know this idea is ridiculous and impractical - - I'm just curious.

    I was thinking of playing a movie on an iMac and then using the iMac's FaceTime camera and a strategically placed mirror...
  2. nicho macrumors 68030

    Feb 15, 2008
    You can't FaceTime from the watch anyway so that wouldn't work.

    I believe you can play videos in iMessages, not sure what the limitations of those are.
  3. Blujelly macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2012
    South East England
    I think it was a demo for a homekit app...I think the same applied when they showed of the GoPro app as well.
  4. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    Yeah, that garage door was a demo (, IIRC) and the vendor even said that wasn't really possible yet. At the time it was only really possible to do a sequence of images as an animation and they had to be loaded on the watch as snapshots...
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The movie better be short as the watch does not have the battery to do even an hour long video much less the processor to get a decent image on the screen.
  6. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    Yup, they'll play, although it's rare when I get any video messages.

    I'll send one to myself from my wife's phone. Hang on..


    It works fine. I don't know if there's a limit on length or anything, but it looks like a tiny iPhone video, not grainy at all.

    I don't know why people keep saying the processor is weak; isn't it on par with an iPhone 4S, give or take?
  7. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    Other then imessage, Vine was added to support video play.
  8. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Yes it's roughly the same power as a 4s. And I agree with you, I don't know why so many think it's some weak first gen iPhone processor when it's not all that bad for the size it's packed into.

    I have heard that the watch S1 chip does reach the thermal limit because it is in such a small space. If true they would have to do some pretty clever engineering to update to an S2 all while making the second gen watch "thinner" that everyone seems to want. Because for some reason the already tiny Apple Watch isn't small enough for some.
  9. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    Prop your iPhone in front of the TV/laptop and then open the camera app on the watch. The picture quality is pretty good and works over wi-fi so you can be quite far away from the phone.
    I use it at work to monitor readouts on screens when I'm on a different floor or to keep an eye on my toddler when he should be in bed!
  10. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    That feeling that the S1 is weak probably came from the fact that Watch OS 1.0 was slow and laggy. Which is true - it certainly was in some respects. It's gotten quite a bit better with the updates, so I feel like the issue was mostly software, and Apple heavily biasing the code towards battery life management over speed. I think they're easing it in the other direction as they optimize things. Also while the S1 may be near the 4s in power, I'm not sure if that's true for the flash memory read/write speed, which would play heavily into app load times.
  11. jasie02 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2014
    You are optometrist's dream, just make sure save some money for that thick glasses or magnifier in the future.
  12. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Now there's a trick I should have thought of. Brilliant!
    --- Post Merged, Jan 25, 2016 ---
    Hey, I had an Osborne 1 CP/M computer with the spacious five-inch screen. I also had the aftermarket rod-mounted fresnel magnifying lens...
  13. jasie02 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2014
    For AW 42mm, which is 1.56" diag screen size, has approx. 1.2 sq-in. For iPhone 6+/6s+, which is 4.7" diag screen size, has approx. 14.5 sq-in, which is 1,200% of AW, or has 11 times more display space than AW.

    Looking at a same font size with 11 times larger display is going to be larger, like 11 times larger.
  14. tinghe17 macrumors newbie


    Nov 5, 2015
    mmplayer app let you play movie on apple watch.
  15. savagewatts macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver, BC
    I can watch my nest cam using drip. IMessages plays videos. Watch a movie on my watch? Seems ridiculous.
  16. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    I can barely stand to watch video clips on my phone, and I've got a 6s+.

    Not happening for me on my watch.
  17. bobob thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    ...if only someone had thought of that before...

    Thank-you to everyone who came up with interesting lateral-thinking workarounds for this! :)
  18. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    Wish I could help you.

    I think there is a Vine app for the Apple Watch, which allows you to watch 6 second videos on the watch. I think it could probably be done, but I'm thinking the watch might die before you finish the movie most of the time.
  19. savagewatts, May 21, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: May 26, 2016

    savagewatts macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver, BC
    But didn't I offer some suggestions?

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