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Apple Watch has its 'gate' -- 'tattoogate'

Apple Watch has its 'gate' -- 'tattoogate'

That iThingy You're Wearing
April 29, 2015

If you own an Apple Watch and have a heavily-tattooed wrist, you might have a problem. A Reddit thread notes that some users with wrist tattoos are having problems using some the wearable device’s key functions.

According to the thread, some folks with dark tattoos in red or black are experiencing an issue where the Apple Watch is unable to make contact with the skin. Without this, the wearable device cannot detect a heart rate. It can also affect the ability to use Apple Pay. Skin color has no impact on this issue.

Take a look:

We’ll continue to follow this story, and can’t wait to hear from Apple on this issue. That press release could prove interesting, no?

First introduced in September, Apple Watch went on sale on April 24. Since then, the wearable device has been in short supply. Any current order placed today from Apple’s site is scheduled to ship sometime in June.

Prices range from $349 for the 38mm Sport model to $17,000 for the most expensive 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition.

A mid-range Apple Watch collection, with a sapphire display cover and stainless steel exterior, ranges from $549 to $1,099. Apple also offers a number of other additional bands for the watch.

You’ll need an iPhone 5 or later to interact with the device.

In the meantime, see: Any Apple Watch app that just tells the time will be rejectedHere are 5 things I wish were different about my Apple Watch, and Here are 5 things I love about my Apple Watch.

Photos: Left, Guinne55fan; right, Luc Vandal

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