Tattoos affecting Apple watch users

Early adopters of the new Apple Watch have found that the device malfunctions when worn by people with wrist tattoos.

The issue was first pointed out on social media site Reddit by a tattooed user who complained that his watch would regularly lose connection, and report inaccurate heart rate results.

Scores of other users then reported similar issues.

Apple Watch requests a security PIN immediately after detecting that it has left an owner’s wrist, meaning that those affected are forced to repeatedly enter their code.

Darker tattoos appear to cause more problems for the device than light inkings.

The problem should have been foreseeable – Apple has already explained that it measures heart rate by analysing light absorption through the skin.

The Reddit user who first flagged up the problem wrote: “So I thought my shiny new watch had a bad wrist detector sensor.

He said that the watch would lock up every time the screen went dark and prompted for a password.  He then decided to try holding it against his hand and it worked.

The watch stayed unlocked the whole time but once put back on the tattooed arm it automatically locked.

The wrist detection feature can be turned off, but it stops Apple Pay from working.

Apple has not yet commented officially on that issue.

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Apple Watch to include array of features to connect

Apple launched an assault on the fledgling wearable tech market Monday, unveiling a high-end smartwatch that offers new ways to stay connected and to track health and fitness.

The Apple Watch will be available in several major markets around the world from April 24, at a starting price of $349.

“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology,” said chief executive Tim Cook, who spoke at a San Francisco media event.

Cook said “the most personal device we have ever created” can display a variety of faces ranging from a classic watch face to an animated Mickey Mouse.

Connecting wirelessly to a user’s iPhone, the watch is designed as a wrist device for messaging, calls and a variety of health apps.

An Apple statement described it as “an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion.”

Apple enters a market that already has a number of players, ranging from South Korean giants Samsung and LG, to Japan’s Sony and startups such as Pebble.

But analysts expect Apple to lift the market by integrating the watch with the iPhone and its software ecosystem, and its range of apps and sensors for health and fitness.

“It’s like having a coach on your wrist,” Cook said

For communication, Apple Watch offers a range of apps and can be used as a sort of wrist-radio from the Dick Tracy comics.

“With the built in speaker and microphone you can receive calls on your watch. I have been wanting to do this since I was five years old,” Cook said.

– Pay from the wrist –

The watch is integrated with Apple Pay’s mobile wallet and can be used to view pictures, monitor news and connect to social media.

The watch can use other apps ranging from Uber ride-sharing to music to home automation.

“Now it’s on your wrist, not in your pocket or your pocketbook,” Cook said.

“I think you’re going to be surprised at what developers can do when you unleash that community.”

Apple demonstrated using the watch to listen to music, with lyrics displayed on the watch face.

The company also demonstrated an app to open a garage door from afar to let in a family member who is locked out.

But one of the keys will be the health and fitness applications.

The watch has an accelerometer, a heart rate sensor and sensors for “a comprehensive picture of your all-day activity and workouts.”

It will prompt a user to get up and walk if sedentary too long.

– All-day battery –

Cook boated that the device will have “all-day battery life” — or some 18 hours.

Entry price will be $349 in the United States, with costs up to $1,049 for extra features.

A solid gold limited edition will be priced from $10,000.

Initially, it will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Britain and the United States.

Pre-orders will be taken from April 10.

Moor Insights and Strategy founder Patrick Moorhead, who attended the event, said “the secret weapon here is the ability to message each other by tapping on the watch, I think people, particularly kids, are going to go nuts over that.

“Apple has a big chance of success, and what that is going to do is set the bar for the experience that the entire smartwatch,” he added.

Jan Dawson at Jackdaw Research said Apple’s unveiling was “relatively unsurprising, with little new information other than price.”

Research firm Strategy Analytics predicts Apple will sell 15.4 million units worldwide in 2015, to give Apple a 55 percent market share.

More conservative, ABI Research expects Apple to ship 13.77 million units, just under 50 percent of the market.

At the event, Apple also unveiled a new Macbook laptop computer than weighs less than one kilo (two pounds), and a new initiative to use the iPhone to collect data for medical research, focusing on heart disease, diabetes, asthma, breast cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

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