Apple Watch update intentionally changed how the device tracks your heart rate

Apple Watch update intentionally changed how the device tracks your heart rate
The first update for the Apple Watch apparently did something that caused the timepiece's heart rate tracker to work inconsistently. But a posting on Apple's support page indicates that this change was an intentional one made by the tech titan. While the watch will continue to show you your heart rate every 10 minutes, it now will not count the beats made when you are moving around and active.

You can get around this by starting an activity in the Workout app because after all, you have to be moving in order to exercise. In this mode, a user's heart rate will be measured every ten seconds. Or, you can use the heart rate Glance to see your beats while you are in motion.

Some Apple Watch owners are complaining that their wearable is losing functionality this way. Those complaining had figured that their heart rate was being tracked without any issues. There is speculation that Apple changed the functionality of the heart rate tracker on the Apple Watch as a way to extend the battery life of the device. Apple Watch owners upset about the change say that they never had a problem with how long the battery lasted in the first place.

source: Apple, 9to5Mac via Engadget

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38 Comments

1. Sauce5 unregistered

Everyone on Reddit is saying their Apple Watch lasts all day with a remaining 20-30% left over before they go to bed and charge. Very good considering the chip inside the watch and the extremely well designed heart rate tracker (plus etc obv).

3. AlikMalix unregistered

For the couple I've seen using it - they said they have an all day on one charge experience.

6. gaming64 unregistered

im considering the 2nd gen Apple Watch. This year's Apple Watch is proven to be solid despite being half-baked(battery life would still be a problem especially on a 2 day camping trip) but I consider it to be one of the best smart watches out there

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A number of things made this watch out of the gate not so good. First of all the battery life is really bad, especially since it does not offer an always on feature. Even Apple recommends to developers that the screen on time for data or information last no more then 10 seconds. The other major thing that Apple did wrong was not allow developers to make native apps or watch faces. Granted it is coming, but that should have been allowed from the start. The other thing is right now 3rd party apps are slow, because the watch apps are really iPhone apps with a watchkit extension. These run on the iPhone, which wait for the watch, and send data to and from the watch back to the running iPhone app. Not to mention pricing is not good.

39. AlikMalix unregistered

So in your opinion of Apple made the smart watch like android ones.... More people will buy it and it will sell better like android smart watches...? Oh wait!! Look buddy, your post was a well thought out. But Apple watch was a much better thought out product. No company can guess what every single human being would be happy with - but a successful company will build a watch that most people will like - not just you... Apparently android with this feature and that feature as you described just aren't selling well - so that makes you wrong. I know everyone can benefit from longer battery and certain other functions but there's a much better screen and much more powerful processor on the apple watch so the battery takes a hit - it was apples decision to make a compromise somewhere and to allow and not allow certain development on the apple watch - and so far people are buying it - means they were right with the configurations they made. Don't you think Apple considered bigger watch or slower processor to up the battery life? I bet they did, but they also considered making this watch and this screen and these functions instead and it sold - unlike android wear. You take 5 minutes to put together your wish list - but someone puts in a billion bucks to figure out what everyone will enjoy (apart from a few individuals who won't buy it anyway because they like android and hate Apple. This is not a stab at you, bro. But you're not considering the big picture.

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I will sum up what you are basically saying, is that Apple spent a billion bucks to figure out what everyone will wear and enjoy. Now does everyone like how it functions? Does everyone like the battery life? Does everyone like how slow 3rd party apps work or respond? I guess Apple thought everyone would love the prices that they are charging. If I am not considering the big picture, then please explain to not only me, but everyone here what the big picture is. Could it be more money? I can't believe some Apple Zealots like you. Apple cannot do anything wrong in your eyes, and you can't even admit it.

42. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

It's Alixmalix, he loves Apple. Even if there in the wrong, he will still give credit.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

You choose your champion, I choose mine. I have voiced my negatives about Apple many times - but overall I prefer Apples way of doing things - I honestly prefer to add functions with apps than have them built in and not need them. Kind of a slight OCD thing is you must.

43. AlikMalix unregistered

No, to sum it up: Apple considered what was available and it wasn't selling well, so they built based on their own vision for a dmartwatch so that it appeal to consumers and make them money. Even simpler: Android OEMs tried and bad results, Apple tried something different and good results. I'm not going to buy an apple watch - and not defending its shortcomings, but it's a good product that can use some improvement - SO IS EVERY OTHER PRODUCT IN THE WORLD... I'm just pointing out that every company makes decisions based on ROI and consumer interest. Based on sales - Apple got it right and android OEMs are still trying to get it right.

10. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You can polish a turd (battery life) , but in the end it's still a turd. It's worst of practically all smartwatches despite being practically the only one without an always on option. To call that good, is quite a stretch, especially when this was considered bad even after the introduction of the first smartwatches.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

"Apple Watch owners upset about the change say that they never had a problem with how long the battery lasted in the first place" This is a great example of Apple listening to the Apple Haters instead of their customers that actuall like what Apple is doing.

5. gaming64 unregistered

Most people don't use the Watch on moderate use. Due to the Watch's power saving features, battery can last up to a day.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Exactly! I fail to understand why people(tech journalist) can't realize that 80% of the complaints that they read about Apple products are coming from people who don't even like Apple and don't own their products. With most general tech sites, most of the commenters are Android loyalist. You will never get a judgment of how good a product is reading the Internet. Their are even robots on macrumors and 9to5mac.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's the same with every company/product There's always haters (and fanboys)

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The fact many users saying it last for a full is somehow something to cheer about? Here let me help you. My Gear S has a larger diaplay, wifi, bluetooth, 3g,UV and a hear brat monitor and GPS and it's own gyro and it lasts 2 days on a single charge. You happy a heart rate display you lasts a full.day? The people.who claim about Apple.products aren't haters. It's us who aren't as blind as the fans are You hypocrites criticized the claimed one day battery usage of the original.Gear and how it has to be tied to a phone to function and how you had limited options of what phones you could.use it with. Yet the Apple Watch has the same fault and yet you relish I'm the sunset with it liks s it's no big deal. Geez dude can you be anymore stupid. Yes I am calling you out. The fact the device is basically an extended display of your phone, it should last longer than that. Of the screen is off 90% of the the time and you go home and it's nearly dead, how is that a great thing? Moderate usage ? Using what? Who checks their heart bratwurst 100 of times a day? The bast majority of the buyers won't even be using those features at all.just like i rarely do.ok my Gear S.

15. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

Hi ordinary troll! isn't your brain tired lately? i'm just here to tell u that ur essay it getting boring day by day

18. Chitty

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

It's not trolling if he is telling the truth.

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

He thinks thats actually me or wants to think since he got served multiple times he has nothing else to say just to play stupid lol

33. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

To him the truth is trolling. He hates the truth. That's what trolls and fanboys hate.

32. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

The REALITY for you brain dead Applewellian Proles is that you all troll Samsung and other competitors products as if you've all been anointed by your all mighty founder Saint Steve Jobs as his trained 12 Apostles. You all think you're being paid to be Thought Police for your Apple and they are "God Almighty in the flesh, with their small letter 'i' Religion"! Apple lost the ability to use letter 'i' in front of Watch. haha.... So they were forced to trademark "Apple Watch" with two words instead. Now you can't distinguish one Watch from another, unless you put that Apple in front of it, like it's registered in the Trademark Office! .......yet you all think Watch automatically means EVERYONE is talking about the God Almighty Apple Watch, as if they invented EVERYTHING..... Eons and Eons before the DAWN OF TIME IMMORTAL! Which is about as ludicrous as you fools taking pride in stuffing all your cash into Apple's share holder's pockets. Coming out of your own "I Got Conned by Apple" Grin.... with Elitist Pride! Just how Gloriously ridiculously lame is that? Like what's been said for ages; Since P T Barnum first uttered it over a 100 yrs ago, "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute". But in Apple's case..... more likely every second as displayed on your lame totally over rated and dysfunctional as you all are..... Apple Watch!!! btw.... dare you to compare side by side Apple watch to Gear S. With all it's Real Smart WatchPhone Functional Features and Battery Life. Even though it.... unlike your fake Apple watch, can actually do more useful things. Like actually keep time on itself, surf the web, make/receive calls, track your heart, etc. All even without a Smartphone even being on in the first place! And talk about boring and silly? You ever notice how silly and girly it looks for all you LGBT loving fools to be sending throbbing heart vibe emoticons to each other is? lol.... I think even middle schoolers grew out of that silly stuff ages ago. And.... that's all the Apple Watch is really good for! ;-P Now this is an Essay for You.... as if you could really READ it all in the first place!!!

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You forgot to mention, your Gear S is $299.00 and stand alone. You're slipping dude.

38. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

You forgot the part where it says that its just speculations that the change was made to improce battery life. And even if it was, again you're speculating that its due to apple watch reviews by android fans.

4. gaming64 unregistered

The one thing Apple has over other companies is their ability to listen to their customers right away. Good job from Apple.

7. AVN6293

Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 2015

...So says the apple spy.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Are you kidding. Users had to complain for 3 years just to get copy and paste Took 6 years because they listened and made the phone bigger. I guess they are listening when they blame you foe device issues too, right?

34. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

How pathetic is that? +1

13. ThePATRIOToverlord

Posts: 50; Member since: May 29, 2015

Apple hardware is so garbage. and the iFans will love and embrace this update and patch from Apple. My Gear S has a larger display, it has wifi, bluetooth, 3g,UV and a heart rate monitor and GPS and it's own gyro and it lasts 2 days on a single charge. it last 2 times longer then a apple watch while having tons more features are you guys really happy a heart rate display you lasts a full day only? my Gear S is so much better, Samsung Gear S. We aren't as blind as the fans are Apple Watch is garbage and users have complained for 3 years just to get copy and paste, and took 6 years because they finally listened and made the phone bigger (woopie doo, years later) lol.......................

16. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

woof woof, keep barking Techiexp aka Ordinary troll.

17. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Go home techiexp.

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