New in watchOS 3: Introducing Taptic Time Telling

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In this podcast, David Woodbridge introduces us to taptic time-telling. You configure this in the Watch app on your iPhone. When it's on, quickly double-tap the watch face when it's locked to feel the full time, or triple tap for just the minutes. You can choose from a range of vibration patterns that will tell you the time. Think TimeBuzz, but now built in to watchOS.



Submitted by Jessica Brown on Monday, September 19, 2016

I am liking taptic time. So easy to use and I taught myself the digits one by first guessing the time with the taptics and then checking if I was correct with speech. Now I get the time correct %95 of the time. When I get it %100 I will try the other 2.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Monday, September 19, 2016

Thanks for the grate podcast David. I am liked the taptic time feedback, it's very welcomed. well done!

Submitted by Fatima.Hamoud10 on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hi David. that was a nice podcast. You are very talented. Keep up the great work. Maybe Apple can add the same feature in iOS 10 for all iPhones? It would be called "vibration time" I'm pretty sure that iPhones would be able to vibrate the time using different vibration patterns. Then people would get to know the time discreetly using both their iPhones and Apple Watches.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

great podcast David. I like tactic time a lot. I tried using Morse code, but I honestly didn't get it so I am using digits. By the way, what is the difference between digits and terse?

Submitted by Kerry Fielding on Friday, January 27, 2017

In reply to by Igna Triay

Hi. Terse Tells you the time in 5-hour and 1-hour intervals. and 15-minute intervals. So, for example, 11:02 is 2 long taps to indicate 2 lots of 5 hours and 1 short tap to indicate the 11th hour. However, no minute vibrations until you get to quarter-past so to me this seems pretty pointless if you want to be very accurate.

Digits taps you 1 long tap for every 10 hours and one short tap for every 1 hour and the same for minutes. So, for 11:02 as before, you will receive 1 long tap and one short tap to indicate 11 hours and 2 short taps to indicate the 2 minutes.