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  • Apple Watch Users are Experiencing Issues with Inaccurate Heart Rate Readings


    A growing number of Apple Watch users have been complaining and reporting inconsistencies and inaccuracies with heart rate measurements while exercising, with some experiencing issues even after having received replacement watches from Apple. All of the issues combined have been calling into question one of the main features that the wearable touts.

    Although it hasnít been classified or acknowledged as a widespread issue, many Apple Watch owners have observed discrepancies in the heart rate measurements while they are performing high-impact exercises. One of the many threads regarding the matter on the Apple Support Communities forum has received many views and replies from dissatisfied users.

    The Apple Watch appears to be returning inconsistent heart rate data during workouts such as P90X or CrossFit, though the larger troubles in this situation are complaints regarding exercises endorsed by Apples own Workout app including running and outdoor walking. Several people claimed that Apple Watch readings were much lower than expected after intense workouts. Others even quantified their claims by using devices that use electrode technology such as Polarís Heart Rate Monitor chest strap. What they found was that the data was grossly out of alignment. These tests are far different than the previous data collected by the Apple Watch and the Mio Alpha that found Appleís results to be incredibly accurate.

    For those of you who didnít know, the Apple Watch calculates a userís heart rate by analyzing blood flow in the wrist using a process that is known as photoplethysmography. This technique is known to have some limitations as discovered at launch time when usersí with tattoos on their wrist reported being unable to use the device as advertised.

    As of right now there isnít any clear explanation as to why users are experiencing difficulties with their Watch, though it has been speculated that variations in anatomy could be why. Apple hasnít commented on the matter either, weíll have to wait and see how the issue is addressed.

    Source: Apple Support Communities (Thread), Reddit via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Watch Users are Experiencing Issues with Inaccurate Heart Rate Readings started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. X-Men's Avatar
      X-Men -
      That's because your body has not adopt Apple's standards.... You may need a body upgrade or replace your heart with iHeart
    1. smittyjf's Avatar
      smittyjf -
      My issue was the back sensor coming right off. The seal must have degraded from the heat of charging. I had to jump through hoops to get it fixed. Took almost a month for the process. Apple's response to the repair request was "We've never had that happen" I said Google it, it's happened dozens of times.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I find that i get the inaccuracy only when the watch strap is not tight enough. Once tight, i get accurate readings as far as i can tell.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by X-Men View Post
      That's because your body has not adopt Apple's standards.... You may need a body upgrade or replace your heart with iHeart
      I like this. Truly made me laugh out loud.
      :^)
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by smittyjf View Post
      My issue was the back sensor coming right off. The seal must have degraded from the heat of charging. I had to jump through hoops to get it fixed. Took almost a month for the process. Apple's response to the repair request was "We've never had that happen" I said Google it, it's happened dozens of times.
      Apple's response "Google is Android, we do not believe in Google's numbers."
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      41 beats per minute and goes as high as 145 just from walking....
      Giving my iWatch to a friend of mine who is Apple freak when he comes to visit, this thing sucks and so does every other "new product" introduced by Apple after Steve Jobs.
    1. Lawrence Coleman's Avatar
      Lawrence Coleman -
      This has been a issue from day one for me when doing weights. Running or Walking never seems to be an issue. I went to an apple store and they took down information and such, saying they were sending over to the engineers. 1 week later I did get a call from someone at Apple asking me questions, from there I have not heard a word. This was about 1.5 months ago.