Apple says the Watch's irregular heart rate tracking is intentional

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Tiks90, May 30, 2015.

  1. Tiks90 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2015
  2. Subdiv, May 30, 2015
    Last edited: May 30, 2015

    Subdiv macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2014
    Quote from the linked article:

    "Instead of getting your beats per minute every 10 minutes regardless of what you're doing, its new default behavior is to check only when you're staying still."

    Why? To see if I'm dead?
  3. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
  4. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    So so stupid. My arm is never completely still for 10 consecutive minutes unless I'm sleeping. The only way I can get heart rate data is if I manually check it.
  5. erure macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    No, it used to check every 10 minutes regardless of what you were doing. This update is so stupid. It only checks my heart rate every few hours now instead of every 10 minutes.
  6. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    Was this done simply as a battery saving measure?
  7. daydayvol macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Why is it that important you get a reading every 10 minutes? If you are that unhealthy and worried about your heart rate, go see a doctor.


    My guess would be yes.
  8. setite macrumors regular

    May 29, 2014
    It seems reasonable to check your HR when it detects a change in activity. An arbitrary 10 minute check isn't useful if you've been sitting for 30 minutes. But a minute after getting up to walk around is a good time to check it again. I'm sure for caloric calculations the every 10 minutes proved wasteful.
  9. Cyberstven macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2012
    In my opinion, they are starting to realize just how bad the HR monitoring is, to a point where it could be a liability.

    I noticed that the IR sensor's readings were super inaccurate (it showed my HR at least 30bpms higher than I knew it was pretty often with version 1.0). Now, it definitely seems more accurate, but it's because you have to be completely standing still to get a reading!?

    So far, the HR monitoring is a big fat failure. I have been so excited for months to use my watch for productivity at work, and then turn it on at the gym to get a fairly accurate HR. So far, it's been all over the place... it is worse than the $150 alternatives out there (or $50 chest straps).

    Also, I have screenshots of their support page about HR monitoring sampling. I bought the watch for this sampling feature, and now it doesn't take the heart for over 4 hours at times. Now this is just false advertising.

    Something is obviously wrong and Apple is trying to put our a fire.
  10. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Because maybe you want to see what times of the day you were most active? Lol.
  11. setite macrumors regular

    May 29, 2014
    I get my watch in two days but that makes sense. HR monitors are often finicky without really good contact. I would like to see them integrate with a wireless chest strap for exercise. You guys should be very vocal about this and perhaps 1.2 or 1.0.2 will give us a toggle.


    Well if it takes readings when it detects movement then you will get nice activity correlations. Though I'm not understanding the still thing.
  12. daydayvol macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    It isn't that hard to figure out IMO.
  13. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    I mean yeah, but it's nice to have all the data recorded. At least it maps out active calories during the day.
  14. PhantomProf macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2015
    I was initially angry about this but I now think it makes sense. Resting heart rate is important to monitor as is heart rate during exercise. In between doesn't matter (for most) as much. EXCEPT for recovery response after exercise - Apple should incorporate that and then I'd be happy with HR monitoring.
  15. daydayvol macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    I totally get where you are coming from but to me it isn't a big deal. I get everyone is different.

    I just would like to get my watch so I have something to complain about other than not having it yet. #


    Just asking. Can you do a manual check after a workout?
  16. srshaw macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    Why do you need to know your heart rate for this, surely you can see this from when you do most steps. If you do exercise, presumably you'd use the workout app which will record heart rate regularly anyway so this is s none issue.
  17. setite macrumors regular

    May 29, 2014
    I trust Apple on this I think. But the thing that concerns me is why it didn't ship with this change. If it's purely an algorithmic logic change it should've decided on during R&D.
  18. proshots4you macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2009
    Seems when I excercise the HRM never updates unless I manually check it which is a PAIN.....used to work beautifully on 1.0 but 1.01 seems to have broken this??
    For example, my HR after excercise used to average 135 and now at best it shows 100 or less after each workout #
  19. J.C macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2008

    Surely your experience is in the minority? I've found the heart rate monitoring to be extremely accurate. I think most people have. Any reviews I've read have been the same. Experiences in the forums here have been mostly positive. Didn't Consumer Reports say it was as good as any heart rate strap on the market? If you're getting dodgy readings I think you've got an issue with your unit.
  20. papbot macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2015
    I think that's the reasoning behind the change and one I happen to agree with.
  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I liked the check every 10 minutes feature because it gave me an opportunity to see what my heart rate was when I had moments of unexpected activity, like having to run to catch a bus, or I could compare my heart rate when walking rapidly vs walking slower after the fact. It may not have been useful information in terms of tracking overall fitness, but it was interesting info, and I miss having that.
  22. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    This is quite stupid. I've had a pretty active day, at a few kids soccer games, out at the park, birthday party, running around for some errands in the evening. Looking at my HR history for today, it recorded it a total of 3 times from 8am to 8pm. It's nearly useless data.
  23. PhantomProf macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2015
    I don't think constantly monitoring heart rate is useful, from a medical point of view, for most people.

    I'm sure you could activate the monitor during a cooldown period.
  24. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    The summary is, this silly enhancement only measures HR when we are inactive, and it ignores HR when we are active. Except when we tell it we are exercising. Kind of makes the HR function useless, if you ask me.
  25. digduggler macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    The takeaway to me is if you are exercising always use the workout app.

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