New Year's Eve tip: clock with seconds display on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Seconds display on Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad - this is how it works!

Every New Year's Eve, I stand in front of the house with my family and wait for the display on my Apple Watch to change from 23:59 p.m. to 0:00 a.m. Why? Because I miss the second hand on the display. That's why my children are coming - so far! - Neither can you enjoy an official countdown to the turn of the year, so you can pull out the lighter 5 seconds before midnight to send the first rocket into the sky just in time for the turn of the year.

With the matching watch face, the Apple Watch shows the time in seconds. This means that a countdown for the turn of the year is possible without any problems (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

With the matching watch face, the Apple Watch shows the time in seconds. A countdown for the turn of the year is thus possible without any problems. Don't be surprised: what you see in the photo is just one Bumper that I wear on my watch for protection (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

Seconds can be displayed without additional apps

Today everything should be different, because today I researched how you can get a time display accurate to the second on both the iPhone and the Apple Watch. The good news: The whole thing works wonderfully - even without New Year's Eve apps, which annoy you with annoying advertising or bizarre in-app purchases.

Seconds for the Apple Watch

With the Apple Watch, there is a small setting, because the seconds display depends on the dial. I usually have a watch face without seconds, but on New Year's Eve you can relatively easily activate one that also shows the time with seconds.

The way is as follows:

1. Via the Apple Watch: You press firmly on the current dial. As a result, it is reduced in size and you get a display with "Customize" under the clock face. Now swipe left until you come to a symbol with a large plus sign.

If you press the plus symbol, you can select a new watch face and choose one here that is also intended to be displayed in seconds.

If my favorite watch face does not have a display for the seconds, like mine, an additional watch face with seconds is the most obvious solution.

If your favorite watch face doesn't show the seconds like mine, an additional watch face with seconds is the most obvious solution.

Seconds display on iPhone and iPad

In the case of iOS devices, the situation is even simpler. Here you can take a look at the clock app icon on all iOS versions from iOS 7. With iOS 7, Apple introduced that the app symbol for the clock is animated and always shows the actual time - including the red second hand.

Since iOS 7, the icon for the clock on the iPhone has animated hands that show the current time to the second.

Since iOS 7, the icon for the clock on the iPhone has animated hands that show the current time to the second.

 

With the iPad watch, too, the icon shows how many seconds there are until the New Year.

With the iPad watch, too, the icon shows how many seconds there are until the New Year.

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Horst Hader says:

    Hi Jens,
    For me this is the joke of the year:
    A special feature of the Applewatch Series 5 is that you can now read the time at any time. To do this, however, it must be charged every day. A well-known couple is enthusiastic about this watch. I will never understand that. The Applewatch is a hideous and bulky monster for me. Everything that can do, my iPhone can do better! I like to be taught otherwise by experienced users. I dare to doubt whether that will change my opinion a lot.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Horst! Yes, opinions are divided. I have the watch, but I could live without it. Certainly without the iPhone, too, but not as comfortable. I don't find the watch ugly now, but that's a matter of taste. Fortunately, nobody is forced to buy anything. ;-)

      • Horst Hader says:

        Hi Jens,
        Out of interest I once configured an Applewatch that I could like. 40 mm, stainless steel case, Milanase bracelet, GPS + Cellular. So that horrible plastic scrap look would be gone. For that I would have to pay about 800 €. That wouldn't scare me, as each of my mech. Watches (Glashütte, Rolex) cost significantly more or a multiple of it.
        So what would be a reason to buy an Applewatch? My friends say it is just a fascinating toy. Can I use the watch completely independently, so to speak, without having my iPhone with me and still reading, writing or answering my emails? I already realize that the display is actually too small for that. After all, you could have the emails read out to you and even create and send them using voice control (Siri ?!). How is your experience or knowledge? I haven't read about it in any test or similar.
        Thanks in advance
        Greeting Horst

        • Sir Apfelot says:

          Hello Horst! So for me, the Apple Watch does the following: It shows me my daily activity (calorie consumption), I quickly set a timer with "Hey Siri" or control my Homekit devices and sometimes I use it as a remote release when my iPhone is on a tripod. Otherwise, I find it practical that I can go jogging with the LTE version without an iPhone and still have music with me.
          Reading e-mails and answering messages is of course technically possible, in that you can speak your answer via Siri, or you can choose pre-made quick replies for messages, but I have only used this very rarely. To read or reply to messages, I prefer to pull my iPhone out of my pocket.

          From my point of view, the watch is a typical device where you only notice after buying whether you can use it or not. I asked myself the same thing as you: "What do I need the watch for when I have an iPhone?", But when you have it on your arm, you can always find applications. Another thing I forgot: I can use the Crown to change the volume of music my iPhone is playing. This is very helpful if, for example, you have the iPhone in the car holder and don't want to work on the fiddly volume buttons. Reaching the crown is done much faster.

          I hope this helps you a bit with evaluating the watch. ;-)

  2. Horst Hader says:

    Hi Jens,
    Thank you for your information. What do you use for Homekit devices? I don't understand why you need the LTE version to listen to music. The watch has bluetooth!

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Horst! I use the LTE to stream music. If you naturally listen to music locally with your own playlist, you don't need an LTE version to be able to play with music and without an iPhone.

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