Apparently the new iWatch detects if its owner has a tattoo and disables some of the key features.
This resolves the problem of people who are too tough being seen with Apple gear usually worn by mummy’s boys and being knifed by their friends.
The feature was first reported in Australia where a lot of blokes and Sheilas have tattoos and have discovered that their inked skin confuses the sensors on the underside of the device.
Apparently there is a hashtag #tattoogate where tattooed Apple fanboys are venting their spleen. The problem is compounded by the fact that most of the posters were warned by their mums never to have tattoos in the first place which leads to a Freudian psychological crisis..
One anonymous user on Reddit, an entertainment, social networking, and user-generated news website, said the device’s locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch detects it is being worn, failed to work on decorated skin.
“My hand isn’t tattooed and the Watch stayed unlocked. Once I put it back on the area that is tattooed with black ink, the watch would automatically lock again,” the user wrote.
This Reuters reporter, who has a black tattoo on his left arm, also found that the watch locks on tattooed skin and does not deliver the soft pings that alert a user to incoming messages. The heart rate readings were also significantly different on the tattooed and untattooed wrists.
An Apple support article says the watch uses green LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist and calculate the frequency of heart beats. We guess that blue ink interferes with this.
A website support page from the company says tattoos can interfere with readings from the heart rate monitor, but does not mention interference with other functions.
Apple of course is denying everything.
But that is not the only problem the iWatch is facing. The Wall Street Journal has found that the reason why the iWatch is in “short supply” is because some taptic engines, which produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist, are falling to bits fast.
The report said the problem had been detected in some of the parts supplied by AAC Technologies.