Posted By Simon Montford on April 30, 2015
The much anticipated Apple Watch may not work as anticipated if the wearer has tattoos within the area of skin that the Apple watch is in contact with. This is because the sensors (light-sensitive photodiodes), that monitor heart rate, use a reflective light technology that penetrates skin in order to work. Tattoo ink, however, interferes with this process causing the sensors to deactivate.
The issues has been referred to as "Tattoogate" after the recent hysteria surrounding "bendable" iPhone 6 Plus models, that many consumers and journalists referred to as "Bendgate".
It has also been reported that the device's locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch comes in contact with skin, fails to work on tattooed skin, although this claim remains unsubstantiated.
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