Uh-oh! Some news about the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 – they’re ditching the Blood Oxygen Feature because of some legal issues.
Apple is taking it out so they can still sell these fancy watches while dealing with a disagreement with a health tech company called Masimo.
Starting Thursday, the Series 9 and Ultra 2 without the blood oxygen thingy will be up for grabs on Apple’s website and in US stores.
If you buy one, you might still see mentions of the blood oxygen feature, but tapping on it will show a message saying it’s no longer available.
If you already own an Apple Watch with the blood oxygen feature, don’t worry, it won’t change for you. And outside the US, Apple can still sell watches with the feature.
Why is this happening? Well, a court recently said Apple can’t sell watches with the blood oxygen sensor because of a disagreement with Masimo.
Back in January 2023, a judge decided that Apple’s system for sensing blood oxygen is a no-go because it steps on Masimo’s patent toes. In October, the International Trade Commission said, “Nope, can’t import these watches.”
Apple is fighting back, though. They’re saying, “Hold up, Court of Appeals, please change your mind. We don’t agree with the decision.” They made this statement on Wednesday, and they’re sticking to their guns.
But hey, if you have an Apple Watch SE, no worries – it doesn’t have the blood oxygen thing, so it’s not affected by all this legal drama.