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Apple Watch’s latest bug is actually a feature, according to Apple

Published Jun 1st, 2015 6:50PM EDT
Apple Watch Heart Rate Health
Image: Chris Smith, BGR

Soon after Apple released Watch OS 1.0.1 for its smartwatch, fitness enthusiasts noticed that the Watch isn’t measuring heart rate data every 10 minutes anymore, as it did prior to the update. Many assumed this was simply an Apple oversight that would be fixed in an upcoming maintenance update, but it turns out that might not be the case.

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Apparently, recording your heart rate in the Health app sporadically rather than every 10 minutes or so is a feature rather than a bug. At least that’s what an updated Apple Watch heart rate sensor support document says, as discovered by 9to5Mac.

It appears the Apple Watch won’t record your heart rate when you’re moving, Apple explains. The original version of the support document did not include this caveat, and it’s not clear why Apple decided to make the change in Watch OS 1.0.1.

Users who want to consistently monitor their heart can always turn on the Workout app on the Watch and start a new session. In Workout mode, the heart rate sensor will record data continuously, but the downside is that it’ll eat battery like in the processes.

You can also just add “Heartbeat” to Glances for quick access to your pulse.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.