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the “ding” of the Apple Watch was created by hitting the steel model with a hammer

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The Apple Watch is about to be three years old. However, one of its secrets has gone unnoticed so far. During a session at WWDC in 2017, an Apple sound engineer revealed the origin of the characteristic sound of the Apple Watch’s incoming messages. A sound that shows us the level of detail the company is looking for in its products.

the “ding” of the Apple Watch was created by hitting the steel model with a hammer
the “ding” of the Apple Watch was created by hitting the steel model with a hammer

In watchmaking, watches capable of making a sound after pressing a button are called chimes. The first models appeared at the end of the 17th century in England, making it possible to know what time it was without having one close by. This was especially useful when it was night time.

These watches differ from the typical ones that mark the hours on the dot and the quarters in that they do so when someone presses a button . The others, on the other hand, ring as long as their “programming” is fulfilled. The truth is that this mechanism made the sound come out of the clock itself by means of tiny hammers.

For its watch, Apple decided to give it a very distinctive sound for Messaging and Call notifications. We now know that the company used the frame of an Apple Watch made of steel suspended by a rope that was hit with a small hammer. The resulting sound was captured and used in the operating system prompts.

With this sound, Apple pays tribute to the mechanical watches that the company has inspired for the Apple Watch

But the company wanted to go one step further. It combined the sound of the clock itself with the tactical engine inside it. In this way, the sound of the clocks of yesteryear is imitated in a kind of tribute to the past. The video above shows the origin of this sound coming from the clock itself, narrated by an Apple sound engineer.

If you are curious, you can check out the full video at this link. The interesting part is in the minute 17:15 onwards.

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