Apple Watch Users Experiencing Inaccurate Heart Rate Readings

Posted: Oct 26 2015, 9:16pm CDT | by , in News | Apple


Apple Watch Users Experiencing Inaccurate Heart Rate Readings

Some Apple Watch users are reporting that the heart readings on the watch are not accurate.

A new problem is being reported among Apple Watch users. Although not acknowledged by many, different people have been complaining about the issue.

Many Apple watch owners have complained about the inaccurate heart readings while performing heavy and high impact work-outs.

Apple Support Community’s thread has received over 3,000 views and 17 replies. Similarly, about a dozen other threads have also started on Reddit.

The problem is that in some cases, Apple Watch is not giving accurate heart rate, for instance during workouts such as P90X or CrossFit.

The most prominent issue is that Apple’s own workout app is most troubling when it comes to accurate data.

Most of the users are complaining that the Watch is not displaying the correct heart rate after heavy workouts.

One user on Reddit mentioned that the heart rate which should be above 140 bpm during intense sessions, is being recorded at 60 to 80 beats per minute by the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch finds the rate by detecting the blood flow in the wrist. This process is known as photoplethysmography. This method has its own limitations.

During the launch, the users who had tattoos on their wrist were unable to use the watch properly.

As claimed by Apple’s website, there are different types of situations which can also affect the heart rate monitoring.

Simple movements like running or cycling gives accurate data while irregular motions such as tennis and boxing are sometimes prone to error.

Although the company has listed it as the most difficult exercise in terms of receiving data but on the other hand the company this month released an Apple Watch ad showing exactly that functionality.

There is no clear explanation as to why some users are facing these problems. However, some users speculate that moving the Watch up on the forearm, toward the elbow, delivers better results.

Such techniques cannot always ensure good performance as the Watch sensor is built to be worn on a normal wrist.

Apple has not commented on the issue as yet nor has it tried to solve the problem. Let’s wait for the company’s stance on this issue.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.




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