Apple Watch’s Irregular Heart Rate Reading is a ‘Feature’, Not a Bug

Do you own an Apple Watch? Have you noticed the irregularities in heart rate monitoring pattern of the device? Apple says that it is not a bug in watch’s software, but it is a feature. The device measures your heart rate in an interval of ten minutes, but after the update (Watch OS 1.0.1), the device now attempts to measure the heart rate in same intervals as before, but it does not record it if the arm is in motion. 9to5Mac were the first ones to spot the updated heart rate information page on Apple’s website. This development has been made because the initial pattern of measurement prevented the passive heart rate readings, a feature which records your heart beat during carrying out physical activities.

There has been some speculation that Apple changed the recording frequency to conserve battery life because the updated frequency pattern drains battery less than the initial and it seems that Apple is trying to avoid inaccurately high readings caused by physical activity although this development is not mentioned in changelog.

This update has displeased the user who thought that the initial measuring frequency worked without any issues and now see the device as losing functionality. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Thank you 9to5Mac and Apple for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of 9to5Mac.

IFixit Tears Down the Brand New Apple Watch

The eight months waiting time since Apple introduced the Apple Watch to the world has been a long wait for some people, but that wait was over yesterday when the Watch officially started to sell. iFixit is well-known for their teardown of Apple products and they’ve of course also taken the Watch in for a close inspection and to find out just exactly what is inside this device.

The teardown is still ongoing while I am writing this piece and it’s being updated in real-time until they’ve taken everything apart that can be taken apart. The watch looks like a solid piece of engineering and the assembly looks great, but then again it has to be perfect if you want to fit this amount of technology and a battery into such a tiny device.

The previously rumoured diagnostics port hidden between the armband and the watch itself was also discovered. iFixit is also taking a closer look at Apples first foray into inductive charging, a thing that many believe will be the future for a lot of mobile devices.

Apple Watch Specifications:

  • Pressure-sensitive, flexible, touchscreen AMOLED Retina display
  • One model measuring 38 mm (vertically) with 272 x 340 pixels (290 ppi), the other model measuring 42 mm (vertically) with 312 x 390 pixels (302 ppi)
  • Custom-designed Apple S1 SiP (System in Package)
  • 8 GB onboard storage
  • NFC + Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Accelerometer + gyroscope + heart rate monitor + microphone + speaker

As previously mentioned, the teardown is still ongoing and you can head over to the official page and stay up to date with the latest findings.

Thank you iFixit for providing us with this information

Apple Acquires 3 New Patents

The tech giant Apple seems to have it’s finger in everything at the moment, they have one of the most popular smart phones and tablets on the market, the Macbook keeps going from strength to strength and the release of Mac Pro in February. To top this all off Apple has, over the holiday period acquired three new patents. These being a “touch and hover display”, “heart rate monitor’ and a “desk-free computer”. Upon inspection the “touch and hover” patent sounds very similar to the technology found in all Samsung products.

Apple’s hover display would work in the same way with the user holding their finger or stylus over a desired app, with the hover display then opening the app as if it had been pressed on the touch screen. Developers are looking into engineering the interface to sense how long a user hovers over an app so to cut out accidental opening of apps, if to say you were just scrolling through your phone and had your finger above an app the interface would be able to sense  how long your finger has been their and act accordingly.

The second patent is relatively simple, it will focus on monitoring heart rate and will be able to read electrocardiography (EKG) data which is so intricate that the monitor would be able to identify users based on minute differences in their heart beats.

The third patent looks to resemble a Mac mini with a projector lens on it’s side (see image below). The patent also looks at including in the “desk-free-computer” an accelerometer and proximity sensor, so the device would be able to detect how far away from the wall on which the devices screen would be projected. The patent for the “desk-free-computer” is also looking at a nifty piece of technology that seems to be taking off at the moment and that is inductive charging. This would mean not only would the device would be display free, it also means that the device could be a true mobile solution cutting down the wires coming out of the device dramatically and turning it into a true “desk-free-computer”.

As with all patents that are registered or acquired, it may be some time before any solid news about these patents becomes available, but it could be an insight into the direction Apple is looking forward to moving into.

Thank you The Sydney Morning Herald for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of USPTO and Gizmodo UK.