Apple Confirms Tattoos Can Interfere With Apple Watch

Apple Watch TattooApple has confirmed on a support page on its website that dark wrist tattoos have the potential of interfering with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor (via Trusted Reviews). It was reported earlier this week that some tattoos, particularly dark or saturated ones, can affect the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor and ability to register contact with the wearer's skin.
"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."
Apple does not offer a useful solution beyond connecting the Apple Watch wirelessly to external heart rate monitors such as Bluetooth chest straps, suggesting that users with tattoos covering the wrist may be forced to deal with this issue. Apple outlines skin perfusion and rhythmic movements as two other factors that can affect the performance of the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

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19 months ago
Not Apples problem.
Rating: 23 Votes
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19 months ago

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What about those afflicted with Vitiligo?


Ink is the issue. Not skin pigment.
Rating: 17 Votes
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19 months ago
This isn't surprising. All the people with sleeve tattoos on both arms, please cancel your orders so we can finally get our Apple Watch that have been processing since 4/10. Thank you!

I'm joking. Or maybe not. :)
Rating: 10 Votes
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19 months ago
"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." - Apples website.


If you want this device and you so happen to have a tattoo in place of where the heart rate sensor goes then you will make accomodations. Apple shouldn't have to apologize or make statements because of a persons personal choices. **** about "tattoogate"
Rating: 9 Votes
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19 months ago
Dang, and I just got that jet black tattoo on my wrist with an actual-size shadow of an Apple Watch, that says "Attach Apple Watch Here" in the middle. How ironic.
Rating: 8 Votes
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19 months ago

Apple wants to sell as many watches as they can to as many people as they can reach. How is it not their problem? Apple is a business. Anything that can dissuade a customer from purchasing your product is a problem.


Not a problem for Apple. The customer is not compatible.

Like drug companies, they can warn the side effects or potential drug allergies and not all patients can take it.
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19 months ago
Yea, this guy is gonna have a problem with wearables. :eek:

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19 months ago
It's cool to have tattoos huh? ##
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19 months ago

Ink is the issue. Not skin pigment.


Some (many?) of the tattoo inks have a high metallic content that is probably freaking out the sensors. People with tattoos often experience burning and scarring after a trip through an MRI machine. I've thought about getting a tattoo, but have been dissuaded against it by that, and other issues.

MRI machines have been known to rip piercings and implanted metal bits out of people. It's not painless...

While getting an MRI for my knee recently, the techs asked, rather pointedly, if I had any piercings 'down there'. I was rather surprised at their directness, and asked why. They had a female that had a labia piercing that got very hot, and tore out during an MRI study of her knee. It resulted in her needing to go to the ER for stitches and antibiotics. YIKES! She said that she didn't mention it because it 'wasn't supposed to be magnetic'. Guess she was wrong. :eek:

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What about those afflicted with Vitiligo?


I wouldn't think it would be a problem. It's a natural discoloration. Tattoos aren't.

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Yea, this guy is gonna have a problem with wearables. :eek:

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Interesting...

The only thing I can say is...

Welcome to your new son-in-law... :eek:
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19 months ago

I believe you've said it very well.

Tattoos have been around for centuries. A very rich history of artistic expression. With modern inks, open minded youths and a resurgence of tattoos as socially acceptable expression, Apples ignorance is stifling.


Please... There are many things that are socially acceptable yet involve making choices. Many women who decided to get ass antlers have found that their anesthesiologist won't give them an epidural if the needle must pierce the ink. If I choose to get a neck tattoo it would surely end my career. The list goes on.

Choices.
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