watchOS 4 battery complication

maflynn

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Is it me, or is the battery complication harder to read now?

It used to be a circle and as the battery was consumed a portion of the circle would disappear Capto_Capture 2017-09-22_09-14-42_AM.png

Now at least on my the circle is always complete but it seems bolded on and slowly unbolds
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Sorry for the image quality but you see what I mean.

Visually speaking its harder to quickly discern the state of the battery. If I tap it, I get a better image, but I'm just talking how watchos3 seemed to show this better then watchos4

Is there a setting for me get this back to the way it was?
 

matrix07

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Think the green is just thinner & and the number is grey, which are bad choice.

EDIT: from your picture it appears that way but when I compares my S1 & S2 it appears to be the same.
 
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slappypig

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My colors are white or close to white and I don’t seem to have that issue. Switching faces and colors didn’t really show it the way your second picture does. Hmmm
 

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Its not the color but rather fact that the circle disappears as the battery is consumed, at least with the older version of watchOS but now there's just a slight change in the circle
 

zhenya

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Agree that it's an odd design choice that just seems to reduce contrast while serving no good purpose. It doesn't even look good.
 

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Its not the color but rather fact that the circle disappears as the battery is consumed, at least with the older version of watchOS but now there's just a slight change in the circle
Mine on watchOS 4 and the circle also disappears.
 
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Mine on watchOS 4 and the circle also disappears.
Odd, mine doesn't

I'll reboot my watch and see if that fixes it
[doublepost=1506095062][/doublepost]Nope, I still have it, no matter what watch face I use, new or old.

Deleting and re-adding it doesn't do anything either. As you can see this is a different watch face, and yet the battery on the lower right hand side shows a full circle even though my battery is at 71%
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matrix07

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Odd, mine doesn't

I'll reboot my watch and see if that fixes it
[doublepost=1506095062][/doublepost]Nope, I still have it, no matter what watch face I use, new or old.

Deleting and re-adding it doesn't do anything either. As you can see this is a different watch face, and yet the battery on the lower right hand side shows a full circle even though my battery is at 71%
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Very weird. This's mine:


Are we talking about the same complication? or is it because of that specific watch face?
 
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zhenya

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Mine is the same. The background circle is now a thinner green line rather than translucent black. I assumed this was an intentional design change though.
 

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The clean install fixed the issue. I now of course need to configure the watch the way I like it, but now the battery indicator is back to "normal"
 
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zhenya

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Ugh. How long did that all take?

I think I'm going to hold off as other than this one UI bug things work about as I'd expect, and I'll have to go through this process again in a couple of weeks when I get the new model anyhow.
 

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QUOTE="maflynn, post: 25089995, member: 311274"]Is it me, or is the battery complication harder to read now?

It used to be a circle and as the battery was consumed a portion of the circle would disappear. Now at least on my the circle is always complete but it seems bolded on and slowly unbolds.[/QUOTE]

It is totally not just you.

The watchOS 4 battery complication has been wrecked. MUCH harder to read at a brief glance now. I don't believe reinstalling has any effect. This is a design choice by Apple. Another terrible case of function follows form.

Can we please have a 3rd-party guy create an app with a readable battery complication?

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The clean install fixed the issue. I now of course need to configure the watch the way I like it, but now the battery indicator is back to "normal"
Are you sure?- that didn’t work for me. Attached is my screen shot.
 

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QUOTE="maflynn, post: 25089995, member: 311274"]Is it me, or is the battery complication harder to read now?
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Looks fine on mine. I even tried diff colors.
It actually looks worse in the screen capture. But not as bad as yours.

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Neo1975

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Definitely the bold setting doing it. I kinda get what you saying, but the number is the most important thing to see not the circle.
 
I know this is totally not the point, but I have long since stopped using the battery complication. I used to always have it, but now battery life hasn't been a huge issue, and it's so easy to swipe up for control center to see battery life if I need to. Just something to consider. It took me awhile to realize that I didn't need it anymore, and when I accepted that it freed up a complication spot for me. I find it seems to also make me less anxious about battery life because I'm not always staring at it. Haha. Just a thought.
 

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With the Series 0 I used the battery complication regularly, but after upgrading to a Series 2 and realising I could get two days between charges, I stopped obsessing and removed it.
 

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Should report this to Apple. :)

Bold text shouldn't do anything to icon. A bug surely.
Yeah I could see doing a stroke on letters and maybe numbers over a certain size but not an icon that's as small as that. It honestly looks like everything just has a stroke applied without any consideration towards readability/legibility. I'd like to say it's very un-Apple but how long did we suffer through this?

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matrix07

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The bold setting effects everything, not just text. It isn’t a bug.
You're right. I just notice the Activities icon is also bolder. Strange how they think increasing something that shouldn't be there in the first place will increase the legibility.