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Apple Watch Not Sensing Wrist Tattoos

If You've Got Tattoos, Think Twice Before Buying an Apple Watch

If you've got dark wrist tattoos, you may want to think twice about splurging on the new Apple Watch. Since deliveries started for the wearable gadget, multiple tatted users have complained that their new toy doesn't sense their wrist. In one video, a frustrated Apple Watch owner shows his watch's workout app pausing every few seconds as he walks outdoors. Later, the device continuously prompts him for a passcode because it can't sense contact with his skin.

We're sure that Apple will solve this issue quickly — after all, almost a quarter of Americans have tattoos. But until the problem is fixed, turn off the wrist detection feature, try adjusting your Apple Watch to rest on nontattooed skin, or simply wait to buy until these kinks have been worked out.

Update: Apple has confirmed the tattoo issue, adding a small blurb into its Apple Watch support page about the potential problem: "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."

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