Apple has packed quite a bit of functionality into the Apple Watch, but how good is the Taptic Feedback? Nicole decided to try out Navigation using her bike in downtown Taipei for brunch. Spoiler Alert, all doesn’t go according to plan and she has to try walking instead.
Apple has set the bar when it comes to their Taptic feedback, it doesn’t vibrate loudly so the person beside you can hear it. It really is just like a tap to the wrist, a downward knocking that is next generation when comparing to anything else on the market. You can set it up so it gives you a pre-tap to the the actual tap if you’re an active person like Nicole. Riding her bike around town is her go to method of transportation so the idea of not having to stop to pull out her phone to check and see where she’s going is ideal.
The Apple watch navigation works by issuing a steady series of 12 taps to turn right, three pairs of two taps will send you left and when you’ve reached your destination it sends you a series of fast taps. The problem with riding a bike and waiting for taps is that that the vibrations of the road made it easy to think that you’ve missed a turn. The other problem was that the taps happen right when you get to the corner, which when cycling on the often chaotic streets of Taipei is far to late.
When using the app walking it let’s you know just as you’re about to enter the intersection which is enough time.
There is no doubt that what Apple has done here is the future of navigation for wrist mounted wearables, but like the rest of the device, it just needs a little more work.