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  • Apple Officially Confirms Ink of Some Tattoos Can Impact Apple Watch Performance


    Just a couple of days ago, we reported on a problem that many users were having problems with using the Apple Watch on their arm when a full sleeve tattoo containing heavy traces of dark ink were present.

    As it would appear, Apple has openly admitted to being aware of the issue. An online support document for the Apple Watch on Apple's Web site was updated just hours after the debacle started being unleashed across the Interwebz.

    Apple notes that tattoos or other similar changes to the skin, whether temporary or permanent, can block the light from the heart rate sensor on the back of the Apple Watch from accurately detecting the user's heart rate. As a remedy, Apple says that the Apple Watch is compatible with external heart rate monitors, such as ones that can be strapped to your chest:

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple
    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.

    Heart rate is just one of many factors that Apple Watch uses to measure your activity and exercise. Depending on your workout, it selects the most appropriate inputs for that activity. For example, when you’re running indoors, it also uses the accelerometer. When you’re cycling outdoors, it uses the GPS in your iPhone. And even when you’re not in a dedicated workout, it tracks how much you move each day. So Apple Watch can give you the information — and the motivation — to improve your fitness and your health.
    Of course, it wouldn't be Apple without trying to get you to see the bright side of things amid the obvious issues; the company goes on to say that heart rate isn't the only great feature bundled with the Apple Watch's feature set. For example, it works as a companion device to your iPhone and it can use your iPhone's GPS to help track you while you're cycling and exercising whether you have tattoos or not.

    If you were having problems with the Apple Watch because of a tattoo, are you satisfied with Apple's response, or will you be attempting to return or sell your Apple Watch?

    Sources: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Officially Confirms Ink of Some Tattoos Can Impact Apple Watch Performance started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Was this determined before or after launch? Yes, it does make a difference.
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Was this determined before or after launch? Yes, it does make a difference.
      It does...what a shame...tattoo gate?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Was this determined before or after launch? Yes, it does make a difference.
      The Apple support page was updated April 29th according to the edit time-stamp. So after.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Im still wondering about darker skinned individuals. Can't wait to hear some more info on this one.
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im still wondering about darker skinned individuals. Can't wait to hear some more info on this one.
      Omg that would be the last straw...lol ...but i think its the lead in the ink that interferes with the watch lol...not skin pigment
    1. puissance000's Avatar
      puissance000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrinfame View Post
      Omg that would be the last straw...lol ...but i think its the lead in the ink that interferes with the watch lol...not skin pigment
      I was wondering the same thing since I'm dark skinned lol
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im still wondering about darker skinned individuals. Can't wait to hear some more info on this one.
      I don't think that has an impact. Mostly the chemicals in the ink and the patterns on the skin.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Yeah. Skin pigment has zero to do with this.. Sheesh.. Wouldn't that be a fiasco if possible. [emoji51]
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Yeah. Skin pigment has zero to do with this.. Sheesh.. Wouldn't that be a fiasco if possible. [emoji51]
      It would make Tim Cook look bad after all the hype he's been driving to have more racial diversity at Apple.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      It would make Tim Cook look bad after all the hype he's been driving to have more racial diversity at Apple.
      Oy.. can you imagine a "discriminating" Apple product... [emoji12][emoji102]
    1. vXBaKeRXv's Avatar
      vXBaKeRXv -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      It would make Tim Cook look bad after all the hype he's been driving to have more racial diversity at Apple.
      It's funny how Apple takes/gets full credit for the new skin color emojis-
      It's actually new Unicode glyph skin types and they ran with it..
      5 ~
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by vXBaKeRXv View Post
      It's funny how Apple takes/gets full credit for the new skin color emojis-
      It's actually new Unicode glyph skin types and they ran with it..
      5 ~
      I was under the impression they had something to do with it becoming Unicode, but that might just be Apple press.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I'm just glad my tattoos are on the under side of my wrists.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by vXBaKeRXv View Post
      It's funny how Apple takes/gets full credit for the new skin color emojis-
      It's actually new Unicode glyph skin types and they ran with it..
      5 ~
      ...because they were being openly criticized for not having different skin colors available. They want their critics to see that it has been addressed. Most of the critics were too stupid to realize that the non-diverse Emoji weren't Apple's creation in the first place (also a Unicode standard).
    1. psxcancer's Avatar
      psxcancer -
      tattoos containing "heavy traces of dark ink" were present.