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Apple's newest watches in the US will be sold without the blood oxygen feature, Singapore unaffected

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Jan 2024, 4:43pm

Apple's newest watches in the US will be sold without the blood oxygen feature, Singapore unaffected

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Just days ago, we reported that Apple might have to remove the Blood Oxygen app from its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches to get around the ongoing patent dispute. Well, that day has come.

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has just denied extending the interim stay on the Apple Watch ban. This means if Apple wants to continue to sell its Series 9 and Ultra 2 devices, it must remove the blood oxygen functionality from its watches, which is what it has decided to do.

This is the full statement from Apple spokesperson Nikki Rothberg:

Apple’s appeal is ongoing, and we believe the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit should reverse the USITC’s decision. We strongly disagree with the USITC decision and resulting orders.

Pending the appeal, Apple is taking steps to comply with the ruling while ensuring customers have access to Apple Watch with limited disruption. These steps include introducing a version of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States without the Blood Oxygen feature. There is no impact to Apple Watch units previously purchased that include the Blood Oxygen feature.

Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 without the Blood Oxygen feature will become available from apple.com starting 6am PT on January 18, and from Apple Stores starting January 18.

To be clear, this only affects Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches sold in the US and not here in Singapore, or anywhere else in the world.

According to reports, these affected watches will still ship with the Blood Oxygen app, but when a user tries to open it, they will be presented with a message that says it's no longer available.

Watches purchased before 18 January and already have the Blood Oxygen app will continue to be able to use the app and feature.

It's hard to say how this dispute will end. Apple is reportedly unwilling to settle. If that's true, then it's likely Apple will continue to work on some sort of software modification to get around the patent dispute. 

Source: The Verge, MacRumors

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