Now that the Apple Watch has been released to the public, it is no question that it is currently a hot topic to talk about. With the number of exciting features it promises and actually delivers, there’s no way hype about the watch could die down any moment. Particularly with its ability to read hear rate, it surely makes the device an amazing piece of technology anyone could ever own.
Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed speculation regarding heart rate sensor readings affected by those that have tattoos around their wrist and forearm area. While it could easily read the heart rate of its users, it will have a difficult time in producing an accurate reading of those with tattoos. Not only that, many tattooed Apple Watch users have already complained about different errors produced by the device.
To address such issues, Apple has released a document entitled ‘Your heart rate. What it means, and where on Apple Watch you’ll find it.’ According to the document, the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor could be affected by plenty of factors including your blood flow, permanent/temporary changes on the skin, and even irregular movements.
Apple says that the reason why tattoos could affect the performance of the heart rate sensor is because of the ink, pattern and saturation. Since these factors could block the light from the sensor, the device would have a difficulty in obtaining reliable readings. And when this happens, the device can wirelessly connect to the external heart rate monitors.
Apart from inaccurately reading heart rate, plenty of other users believe that their tattoo is affecting the Apple Watch’s performance as a whole. Because of the ink imprinted on their wrist, the device thinks that it is not situated on the wrist. As a result, this affects the user’s ability to use their Passcode, Apple Pay, and other related features of the device.
With this new discovery, has the Apple Watch lost its market? Considering the device is a first generation product using a new technology, it can easily be expected to have a number of glitches including that of the Watch Band locking, faulty Taptic Engines, and even a sticky digital crown. Not only that, the Apple is rumored to have difficulty meeting the demand for the wearable. Will they be able to address these issues soon? Hopefully, they will improve on the interaction of the Apple Watch with its tattooed users soon.