If you have a tattoo on your wrist, you might need to think twice about getting an Apple Watch. According to various reports on the internet, the Apple Watch does not work properly on tattooed wrists.
There are several reports about the Apple Watch not working properly on tattooed skin. Some says that the Watch easily loses connection, others says that the heart rate results will turn out inaccurate, and some will say that they can’t even receive any notification.
The video demonstration below shows just how inconvenient this could be, especially when the Watch detects that it has been removed and requires the user to enter a pin before they can use the device – imagine keying in a pin code every time you wish to access your watch.
So, are tattoos really causing a problem with Apple Watch? According to iMore who conducted some through tests, the answer is yes, especially if you have a dark tattoo. Apple uses spectrums of light to track blood flow on the skin. Since ink reduces the light’s reflectiveness, it could interfere the sensors on the Watch. Fortunately, there isn’t a problem for natural skin pigmentation or even scar tissue.
The Apple Watch isn’t the only wearable affected by tattoos of course. Other fitness bands like Fitbit Charge HR and even the Microsoft Band uses similar technology as the Apple Watch. This means that tattoos could interfere with their sensors as well.
Is there a solution for this problem? Apple Insider says that turning off wrist detection would solve the problem, but it would defeat the purpose of having an Apple Watch, and you will not use some features like Apple Pay.
Have a tattoo and wish to get an Apple Watch? Are you worried that the device might not work properly for you?