The awkward days of the Apple Watch are over

If you’ve ever owned an Apple Watch, or sat across from someone wearing one, you’re likely familiar with the inescapable social faux pas that is checking the time.

The first five generations of the Apple Watch, due to screen technology and battery constraints, could not display an active watch face at every moment, and so raise to wake was born. You raise your arm, the Apple Watch comes alive, and you lower your arm to set back to its off position.

That process has remained the most obnoxious aspect of wearing Apple’s smartwatch, not because it’s really all that cumbersome, but because it carries with it so much social baggage. There is little that screams “I don’t want to be here” or “you’re boring me to death” quite like raising your…

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Author: Nick Statt