Why The Apple Watch Is Losing Its Blood Oxygen Sensor


In a video from last month, I explained why the Apple Watch was being banned in the US. And it had to do with its blood oxygen sensor violating a patent held by a medical devices company called Masimo.

I ended the video by giving three possible solutions that could end the ban: Apple could create a new algorithm and sensor to measure blood oxygen that avoids patent violation, they could pay a settlement to Masimo for damages and properly license their patent, or they could rely on a US trade representative to veto the ban completely.

Well, in typical Apple fashion, they defied everyone’s expectations and simply removed the feature altogether.