Those fancy new Apple Watch Series 4 faces required a lot of work (and fire)

Those fancy new Apple Watch Series 4 faces required a lot of work (and fire)
There are a lot of things to like about the Apple Watch Series 4, starting with a groundbreaking albeit controversial ECG monitoring feature, fall detection, plenty of extra screen real estate, improved cellular signal, a louder speaker, better sound quality, and double the speed of the product’s already zippy predecessor.

Some new watch faces may feel like a trivial “upgrade” compared to that long list of meaningful add-ons and enhancements, but sometimes it’s the small stuff that sets Apple apart from the competition.

The “endlessly customizable” Infograph face pretty much stole the show in the lead-up to last week’s announcement, prematurely leaking out to demonstrate a beautiful screen chock-full of information.

If you want something simpler and artsier to greet you on your hot new Apple Watch’s home screen, the company also unveiled Vapor, Liquid Metal, Fire, and Water faces on September 12, hyping them up by saying they “react uniquely with the curved edges of the case.”

What we didn’t know until today is the fire, water, and vapor effects were obtained by... actually recording fire, water, and vapor. Not only that, but Apple even had employees in charge of building various structures that were eventually set on fire for the purposes of creating these eye-catching Apple Watch Series 4 faces.


In a rare move, the company also offers us a glimpse behind the scenes of this unique artistic process in a short 60-second video. And yes, Alan Dye, the company’s Vice President of User Interface Design, admits this could have been done digitally, but instead of that, the design department chose to create something special and organic to bring together some of their “various talents.”
 
Dye says this is “indicative of how the design team works”, often trying many different things, including unconventional stuff like this, before settling on every little design element of each and every Apple product. That’s a lot of effort, dedication and, well, money, but you have to admit the end result is very, very cool.

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26 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Coming home soon. Gotta have a series 4.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If I didn’t have one foot in the door on Apples ecosystem, I’d definitely get one.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1868; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's neat. I like when companies film real things, instead of CGI just for CGI sake.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They look great but minimal complications can be added to these. After 4 years Apple needs to open the faces to the developers because the limited basic faces and the cluttered unicorn-vomit colored faces are growing old fast.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

3rd party faces would be even better.

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Other smart watches have third party watch faces, yet sell nowhere near as much as the Apple Watch, so clearly the watch faces Apple supplies are more than adequate.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Point missed completely but coming from the source, not surprised

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@ cmdaos. SMDH bro.

16. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

What point? That Apple Watch not having a feature very few care about is something you like to go on and on about?

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

19. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You are the king of lame replies. #bro #miami

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

At least I provide evidence of my statements where as you simply add whiny bitch rhetoric...

21. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

What evidence? That the Apple Watch, even without third party watch faces, continues to dominate in sales? Exactly what is your trolling trying to convey?

24. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Maybe read the link (probably will have to get someone to read it for you...) Seems to be hard for you to grasp the basics.

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

ordered mine with the xs max combo.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2147; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Me too...Picking up from Apple store tomorrow... XS Max 512 Space along with AW S4 GPS Space only.

22. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Congrats and enjoy!

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

CDiddy enjoy my dude. I’m gonna go play with the Max tomorrow, but the watch comes homes, if they’re in stock.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple is the best!

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

They put Note 7? Amazing, why Samsung didn’t think about this? Or maybe for their S10 next year.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Call me when Samsung phones have killed as many people as iPhones...

8. gamehead unregistered

We could use a lot more watch faces

25. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nope. Applefoolz says you don't need em.

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2147; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I see it now...Galaxy Gear 5 will have the same animations next year...just watch...

11. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

I guess this goes into the cost of the watches as well...

18. Jrod99

Posts: 715; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Going to Apple store tomorrow see what kind of trade options available for my series 3. If it matches what I looked at online probably pull the trigger.

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