Bugs Become Features, It’s the Apple Way


When Apple first announced the coming Apple Watch, much was promised to those that are concerned with fitness. It was to take fitness wearables to a whole new level.

Many juicy details were leaked that left many iPhonians users, well, juicy. The Watch was supposed to track blood glucose levels of users, changing the lives of diabetics everywhere. Or so some believed. Of course, in typical Apple fashion, that didn’t happen.

In fact, the exorbitantly overpriced Apple Watch didn’t do anything more fitness related than my $150 Fitbit Charge HR. The Fitbit actually does more. It will track your sleep, which the iPhone probably has the sensors to do if it didn’t need to be charged nightly. The Fitbit counts floors climbed, the Apple Watch does not. The Fitbit can go a week on a half hour charge, the Apple Watch can make it through a work shift, if used sparingly.

But the Apple Watch did something well. It tracked heart rate. Ok, still not as good as the Fitbit. The Fitbit tracks heart rate continuously. The Apple watched checks every 10 minutes. On the dot. Which is good enough for iPhone users.

But not anymore.

Since Apple Watch update to 1.0.1, this doesn’t happen anymore. Users began to notice the Watch recorded heart rate randomly. Very randomly. Some users going the better part of a day with no recording at all. Industrious users came up with a workaround, leaving the Watch in workout mode, which tracks continuously.

Now we simply wait for Apple to fix it right? No. That’s not the case at all.

In typical Apple fashion, they simply stated that this is not a bug. In fact, they have updated the web page  to state ‘Apple Watch attempts to measure your heart rate every ten minutes, but won’t record it when you are in motion or your arm is moving’.

That’s right, something that was working to customer’s satisfaction, now is not. Apple doesn’t care, and are instead telling consumers that this was intended. That heart rate won’t be tracked if the arm is moving? That is supposed to sound reasonable? Users that were happy with the regularly timed readings, should now be happy with haphazard results? No, they should not be.

iPhonians, you need to wake up. Look at what Apple does to you, and what you accept time and time again. The rest of the world is laughing at you. It’s time to tell Apple this is not acceptable.

Source: 9to5Mac


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