After the ‘daylight saving bug,’ Apple Watch Series 4 users have now encountered an unusual “light bleed” problem with their new smartwatches.
In a nutshell the problem occurs when the display light is dim enough. Users complain of a fairly uneven brightness in the display. Several reports highlight the fact that the issue seems to be manifesting at the edges, corners or certain splotches, resulting in the display appearing much brighter than the interior.
The issue seems to have affected a significant number of users of the Apple Watch Series 4 but it remains to be seen if every unit has gone haywire.
Reddit is splattered with the watch users posting complaints regarding the issue and also putting up pictures for better understanding.
Most users are experiencing different levels of light bleed in the display. Some users are encountering only a small amount of uneven brightness around the device edges, while others indicated more significant levels of the light bleed.
The cause for the problem hasn’t been diagnosed yet but a Reddit user theorized that it could be happening in retaliation to the fact that the Apple Watch Series 4’s OLED display does not use pulse-width modulation (PMW) for brightness modulation.
Other theories suggested that it could be in correlation to gray uniformity issues that are highly prevalent on many types of OLED displays.
The glitch however doesn’t seem to be adversely affecting the usability of the watch though for now.
Reddit users reporting the issue online confirm that Apple appears to be aware of the situation and is working out the kinks.
The bug is disappointing, particularly after Apple claimed that the fourth-generation dual-core 64-bit SIP chip powering the Series 4 watch would be twice as fast as the S3 chip, which powered the previous-generation Apple Watch.
“The S4 is more than just a processor. It’s a complete System in Package (SiP), with the entire system fabricated onto a single component….. In fact, Apple Watch is the only product in the world that runs completely on a SiP,” Apple said.
The Apple Watch has been a success for the company. Though it isn’t as big of a hit as the iPhone, it still gives Apple a considerable lead over other watch brands.
When announcing the new Apple Watch Series 4 just weeks ago, CEO Tim Cook highlighted the superiority of the watch, saying, “Apple Watch is not only the No. 1 smartwatch in the world, it’s the No. 1 watch, period.”
So it’s extremely disappointing to see yet another bug pop out so soon in the Series 4.
Previous bug involved the Apple Watch Series 4 stuck in endless reboot loops.
The Infograph Modular face of the watch did not react well to the daylight saving, and started causing the entire device to crash and reboot over and over again
The Activity complication on the Infograph Modular face was creating a timeline graph of the present day, indicating hour-by-hour data for Move calories, Exercise duration, and Stand Hours that make up all the Activity rings.
The Watch kept rebooting itself repeatedly, as long as the Infograph Modular face remained active with the Activity complication. This was causing an endless loop as every time the device rebooted, it tried to re-load the complications, fails, and restarts. This continued in a loop until the watch ran out of battery.