Reuters journalist Matt Siegel inputs his passcode onto his Apple Watch as his tattoos prevent the device's sensors from correctly detecting his skin, in Sydney, Australia, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc.'s first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Owners of Apple Watch – including this reporter, who bought a 42mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for AU$1,029 ($822) – have found that their inked skin confuses the sensors on the underside of the device. One anonymous user on Reddit, an entertainment, social networking, and user-generated news website, said the device's locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch detects it is being worn, failed to work on decorated skin.This Reuters reporter, who has a black tattoo on his left arm, also found that the watch locks on tattooed skin and does not deliver the soft pings that alert a user to incoming messages.
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