Apple Actually Used Real Fire to Make Its New Apple Watch Fire Face

With the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple introduced a bunch of new watch faces to go along with the bigger display. The upgraded Apple Watch packs a whole bunch of upgrades, as well as a price hike, but the new watch faces are quite the highlight with this year’s new Apple Watch.

The new watch faces — fire, water, liquid metal and vapor faces — look very cool on the upgraded Apple Watch. The animated effects are quite natural and they transition very smoothly, too. And the secret behind that?

Not CGI.

Yep, Apple actually used real fire, water, color powder (for the vapor face), and liquid metal to bring these new watch faces to life. The process itself looks incredibly fascinating, and it’s impressive to see Apple not taking a shortcut with CGI and instead opting for a much better solution here:

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  • djr1984

    20 September, 2018 - 12:01 pm

    <p>It’s random things like this that really sets Apple apart.</p><p><br></p><p>No other company would bother going through this process.</p>

    • skane2600

      20 September, 2018 - 12:32 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325748">In reply to djr1984:</a></em></blockquote><p>Probably because users of other companies' products aren't as interested in gimmicks.</p>

      • djr1984

        20 September, 2018 - 12:40 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#325763">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>Attention to detail is rare in modern products.</p><p><br></p><p>Apple is famous for little things like this, such as the Mac’s sleeping light being in tune to the speed of a human heart at rest.</p>

        • skane2600

          20 September, 2018 - 1:19 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#325768">In reply to djr1984:</a></em></blockquote><p>There's nothing wrong with attention to detail, but what's important is the final product, not the methods used to achieve it. Likewise throwing in arbitrary details that don't enhance the functionality or beauty of the product (like the blinking speed of the Mac's sleeping light) don't really qualify as attention to detail. </p>

    • MikeGalos

      20 September, 2018 - 1:15 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325748">In reply to djr1984:</a></em></blockquote><p>You mean like how Microsoft's Windows 10 default background bitmap was done with actual lights and smoke and props and isn't CGI either?</p>

  • Andi

    20 September, 2018 - 12:25 pm

    <p>This is like Windows 10' official wallpaper that was done with lasers and not CGI.</p>

  • ivan19998

    20 September, 2018 - 12:32 pm

    <p>Looks really cool.</p>

  • locust infested orchard inc

    20 September, 2018 - 1:00 pm

    <p>Oh whoopee, real fire. Even the pre-historic caveman knew how to harness the power of fires. But when Apple does it, it's considered as revolutionary and breathtaking, a master craftsman adept in procuring finesse to its products.</p><p><br></p><p>Why don't we discuss the far more important and pressing matters of the belligerence and unethical conduct of Apple in their acceptance of, what is in effect, state-sponsored subsidies by the Irish government, by finally conceding their illegal tax break by paying €14.3 billion in unpaid taxes to the Irish government, upon the lawsuit filed by the European Commission against the Irish government for not pursuing the tax liability against Apple.</p><p><br></p><p>This important development was widely reported two days ago, on the 18th September, but of course the iWatch faces made from fire and not CG is far more newsworthy for the faithful iSheep.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="; target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 110, 206); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Source: Click here for BBC news report entitled, "Apple Concedes and Pays Disputed Irish Tax Bill"</strong></a></p>

    • Jeffsters

      23 September, 2018 - 11:10 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#325770">In reply to locust infested orchard inc:</a></em></blockquote><p>Maybe you should read more on the history here? Apple paid all taxes due to Ireland. Ireland agreed and BOTH Apple and Ireland disagreed with the EU Commission which argued that Ireland’s tax laws were giving it an unfair advantage over other countries and therefore had to collect more from Apple and others. The same tax laws that saw Google, Amazon, and Microsoft also paying billions in disputed taxes. Just use the Google and you can read all about it!</p>

  • FalseAgent

    20 September, 2018 - 7:13 pm

    <p>this is the kind of article I'd expect on 9to5 mac dot com, not thurrott</p>

    • dontbe evil

      21 September, 2018 - 9:28 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#326097">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><p>that's exactly what became Paul Thurrott an apple/google fan, MS hater</p>

    • Darekmeridian

      21 September, 2018 - 3:40 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#326097">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote>It's just part of the slow and inevitable transition to "" ?</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • EraseYourself

    20 September, 2018 - 7:43 pm

    <p>These faces work with older watches too. </p>


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