Apple launched their Apple Watch on April 24th with much anticipation and a lot of success. The preorder process went smoothly, even as Apple’s stock was outpaced by consumer demand. While you’ll never hear a company like Apple complain about millions more consumers wanting one of their products, since that will just mean more money in the bank for Apple – some thought this was the big issue that might derail the success that was coming for the company.
However, the issue wound up being something completely unrelated to how many Apple Watches the company could produce. Instead, the biggest problem at this point is the fact that there is very little room for error when it comes to reporting a heartbeat, or detecting one. Speculation over the last week or two has been that, if nothing else, the heartbeat sensor would be significantly less accurate than many had originally hoped. However, given how important the fitness function of the Apple Watch is to its core demographic.
Apple said in a blog post that, “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.” That though wasn’t the only issue that would impact the heart rate sensors. The post went on to explain how things like cold air temperature, the warmth of skin, and even irregular movements could impact the numbers that the heart rate monitor would give.
The bottom line at this point is that for those who have tattoos on their forearms, might want to reconsider buying an Apple Watch, if the fitness features are the primary reason for that purchase. However, this also reiterates that what the Apple Watch does is absolutely not limited to fitness features. This gives even more precedent to those who are purchasing an Apple Watch for the multitude of productivity features that the device is capable of.