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    WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    So I installed OS4 yesterday and love it, except for two issues with heart rate tracking. First, it sporadically will give a way-off reading (like a one-time 180bpm when I was around 60bpm). The other issue is that it will only record an HR reading when I manually check it. It went 8 hours today without recording a single reading. Anyone else having similar issues? Oh yeah, and my standing is no longer recorded at all (zero all day).
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    Hmm. Thatís weird. I think there are definitely some teething problems. I did my first workout today with OS4. The progress (distance and calories) froze up a couple of times, but always recovered by pausing the workout, and resuming. Also, halfway through, I couldnít get any reading from either my chest strap, or the built-in sensor when I disconnected the strap. Suddenly, it just started working again.

    Iím also not getting any readings on the new resting heart rate. Ah well, Itíll get sorted in the end.

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    Re: OS4 heart rate issues?

    Mine is taking periodic readings though (see picture above).

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    So a chat with Apple Support and I'm back in business. OS4 turned Wrist Detection off and that is now hidden in Passcodes so I missed it!
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    Re: WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    Eventually Apple will endup selling the accumulated health data to insurance companies, which in turn given an individual's risk profile, will either refuse coverage or only provide it at a premium. Ahhhh, the blessings of the union between commercial technology and healthcare.
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    Re: WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    I compared AW3 HR reading with Polar H2 chest strap today and the readings were within +/- 3 all the time, and even closer a lot of times throughout the 30 minute session.

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    Re: WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    I've been impressed with the HR accuracy too. Twice now, I've done 40-minute HIIT classes with the Apple Watch on my left wrist and My Garmin Fenix 5 on the right (using my Garmin chest strap with the Fenix). The readings were very, very close - too close to quibble about. There were a couple times the Apple Watch lost the HR reading, but I'm sure that's due to it being a wrist-based sensor versus a chest strap.
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    Re: WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    Sadly, I have that skin type on which all wrist-borne heart rate monitors are next to useless. Iíve tried many. All fail. At least the Apple Watch connects to a chest strap.
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    Re: WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by T1meout View Post
    Eventually Apple will endup selling the accumulated health data to insurance companies, which in turn given an individual's risk profile, will either refuse coverage or only provide it at a premium. Ahhhh, the blessings of the union between commercial technology and healthcare.
    Um... "Eventually" is "last year", or even a few years earlier if you want to burn Fitbit at the stake, too.

    Although your wording -- "selling the accumulated health data to insurance companies" -- is completely false.

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    Re: WatchOS 4 heart rate issues?

    I am contemplating getting a AW for fitness purposes and after reading the posts on accuracy, I think I going for one.
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