Why doesn't the clock have a dedicated button?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by gerball, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. gerball macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    Can't for the life of me work out why Apple didn't give the clock a dedicated button - it's the one thing I aways want to go back to the most. Either accessing it via the app screen, or via a double tap (if the clock is one of your two recent apps) seems like a long-winded way of accessing it.

    Conversely, giving the '12 favourite contacts' screen a dedicated button seems like overkill - I hardly ever use it.

    Really hope Apple give us an option to change this in a future OS.
  2. oreo7504 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    I think I'd sooner have the side button to return to clock as I've had to set the watch to return to previous app, for when I'm working out.
  3. chrismac2 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I've seen this mentioned a few times here. Are you using the Apple Workout app? or a third party app?

    I've only used the workout app twice, but both times, it remained on the workout app the entire time and never switched back to the clock face, EVEN though i have it set to resume to clock face.
  4. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Same for me, even after I leave it off for 5+ minutes, when I raise my wrist to check my heart rate, it always opens the Workout app, not the clock. I also have 'show clock face' set in settings.
  5. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
    The contacts button should be repurposed to the clock button.
  6. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Agreed. That Favorites button is a waste of function and the dial/jog wheel to select a favorite is a pain in the butt to use. I use Siri 100% of the time to reach out to people.
  7. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    That or Apple needs to get over it's button phobia. Why is the contacts/Pay so large? Cut it int two and make them two small round buttons like on the iPhone 5S.

    Or better yet, pay homage to the chronograph watch.

  8. Kent01 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    If you tap the crown to bring you to the app screen then tap the crown again it will bring you back to the watch face. Of course, don't tap too quickly or it'll activate Siri.
  9. brianld macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2008
    Agree this would be nice. I can see them re-purposing the contacts button, or perhaps allowing it to be configurable via a future software update.
  10. Cory Bauer macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2003
    I'd be happy with holding the digital crown being repurposed as "return to clock". With the "Hey Siri" feature, there's no reason to have Siri activation assigned to a physical button.
  11. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I'm sure that customizing will happen; similar to mute/lock rotation discussion we had the other time.

    I'm also not a friend of that friend wheel
  12. n8c macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    My experience has been that if you do this, you actually need to press it three times--once to get back to the app screen, once to center the watch app, once to actually enter the watch app. It's definitely cumbersome.
  13. gerball, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    gerball thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    Yes, although there is an extra tap to centre the icons. Must admit, I didn't know about 'three taps to get to the clock'!
  14. ninjadex macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2004
    This should at the very least be a configurable option. In fact, let us choose any app and map it to that button.
  15. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
    Agreed. The good news is this can be fixed through software updates. I'm hopeful considering they're all about personalization with this product.
  16. mightyjabba macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2014
    That seems to be what everyone is saying about just about every complaint. And while it's true, many issues are not bugs or deficiencies so much as conscious design decisions, so I'm not too confident that they will actually be changed. I'm surprised the current button situation got past the concept stage.
  17. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
    True. Although they have already stated that they are listening to customer feedback. They've said they don't know for sure how people are going to use it and are willing to make adjustments. Really excited to see where this all goes.
  18. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Apple REALLY needs to do away with double tap for last open app. Who uses it? I'm 100% WAY more people would prefer to double tap for the clock. I know I would.

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