Tattoos & Apple Watch

Or “After Thoughts in QA”

Apple is credited with being the biggest, most successful single corporation in history.
But it’s even BIGGER than you think!  Inspiring “spin off” accessories, in less than ten years, arguably reversing poverty for many of a billion newly prosperous proletariat, and promoting the Yuan to possibly become a world reserve currency late in 2015… Apple (with a little help from Sam W. in Arkansas) has enabled the biggest voluntary re-distribution of wealth the world may have ever seen.

Apple’s Rush to Market has left gleanings that enrich entrepreneurs, who create everything from “selfie sticks”, drop-proof bouncing break-proof cases, and 66% of the inventory in Big Lots, and similar Dollar Stores.

Now!  Here is the latest!  It will be a top contender in the 2015 Forgotten QA Awards.


See Gizmodo’s rant and Apple’s Official response excerpted below, or click their links to read the whole articles.




The company has updated its online Apple Watch support pages to advise wearers of the potential interference of some wrist tattoos when using the device.

Apple is now confirming that some kinds of wrist tattoos can interfere with the sensors on the back of Apple Watches, causing errant watch functions for affected users. Reports of the problems began in late April just after the April 24 release of the first devices, when some users began reporting their experiences online on various Websites.

The incidents apparently caused Apple to update its online support pages for Apple Watch users on April 29 so the company could add details about possible interference when wearing a Watch on a wrist that is covered with a tattoo.

The device includes a heart-rate sensor on the back of the watch, which touches a user’s skin to measure and communicate the wearer’s heart rate on the watch face. But many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart-rate sensor, including changes in the amount of blood flowing through a wearer’s skin based on outside air temperature or irregular motions such as those that occur when playing tennis, according to Apple.


From Apple:

What else affects your reading?

Many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart rate sensor. Skin perfusion is one. A fancy way of describing how much blood ….

Permanent or temporary changes to your ski
n, 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.

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.


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