Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has clarified on its product page that the discrepancy in heart rate monitoring is intentional and not a bug. Apple Watch, running on the original 1.0 software, measure the user’s heart rate every 10 minutes while the Watch OS 1.1 does not measure the heart rate frequently.
The updated product page states that Apple Watch attempts to measure your heart rate every 10 minutes, but will not record when you are in motion or your arm is moving. The original 1.0 Watch OS did not take the arm movement into consideration for readings. Users thought that the smartwatch was having issues with the functionality, and Apple received several complaints.
Though some users feel that Apple has brought in the update to conserve battery life, many still argue about the purpose and reliability of the feature. Users claim that they did not notice any adverse battery drain during the 10-minute monitoring. It remains unclear as to why Apple removed the functionality that has left users angered. Fitness enthusiasts who expected the Apple Watch to be the ultimate gadget have been left disappointed.
However, downloading the Workout app on the watch is a fix for continuous monitoring of heart rate. The app will force the smartwatch to record heart rate every 10 seconds, but the mode has to be activated manually unlike passive monitoring.
If Apple had mentioned about the functionality in the latest update, many users would not have updated their OS. With Apple updating their product page, the company is likely to be criticized for this move. Apple might have to bring back the functionality or it might lose the market for Apple Watch. The company is expected to announce why it removed the functionality in the coming days.[ Via ]