Apple Confirms That Tattoos May Affect Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Performance

Apple Confirms That Tattoos May Affect Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Performance

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Apple has confirmed that tattoos may affect Apple Watch heart rate sensor performance in an updated support document. Early adopters have been noticing issues with the sensor depending on the style or and position of their tattoos.

Here's what Apple has to say:

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Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.

If you’re not able to get a consistent reading because of any of these factors, you can connect your Apple Watch wirelessly to external heart rate monitors such as Bluetooth chest straps.
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Have you been affected by this issue? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple Confirms That Tattoos May Affect Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Performance
skeeter48 - May 4, 2015 at 4:05pm
Duh!!! Anyway, this won't be an issue for people whose race is much darker skinned than those who are pasty white as long as they don't have tattoos on their wrists. Tattoo inks strongly absorb both green and IR light thus eliminating the ability to measure heart rate due to the changes in skin color normally associated with each pulse of fresh blood.
MUKAI - May 1, 2015 at 10:46pm
Garbage
justabrake - May 1, 2015 at 5:40pm
does anyone think these watches will be accurate as in a doctors office ! LOL if you believe that ! it'll be like visiting the kiosh ( HIGI) in shoprite store for the blood pressure test The HIGI station never gets it right they are way off
Just saying... - May 1, 2015 at 4:19pm
How about really dark skinned black people then?
exod balzac - May 1, 2015 at 4:58pm
they will release 0.2v firmware called "Black Edition" :) . i have still the LG G watch R and very pleased with it .
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