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UV Sensor on Apple Watch® Device Alerts User About Sun Exposure

Apple Watch devices are efficient and functional tools that encourage personal involvement in healthy lifestyle choices. The Apple Watch device can monitor heart rate and communicate as a cellular device. Even if users are away from their iPhone® device, they can make calls and reply to messages via their Apple Watch device. It’s an inclusive system that helps users set and meet their goals. The Apple Watch device is intended to help users be productive, safe, and healthy.

The Apple Watch device also features a Walkie-Talkie feature where users can communicate with each other with one simple button. Another helpful, constant contact feature is the fall detection software within the Apple Watch device. If the watch detects no movement, it taps the user on the wrist, sounds an alarm and displays an alert. From there, the user can choose whether to contact emergency services.

UV dosimetry and exposure alerts via the Apple Watch device

In November 2018, Apple, Inc.® received a patent for a system that offers “UV dosimetry and exposure alert.” The images that accompanied this patent illustrate that this alert system could be used in conjunction with the Apple Watch device. While this information has not been confirmed or manufactured yet, the patent certainly suggests future Apple Watch device models will include the UV sensor although it is not a guarantee.

Apple understands the depth and vastness of Apple Watch device users’ connectivity. The watch is often worn during physical activity and many users are outdoors during such activities. As more outdoor fitness is encouraged, there are more risks associated with being outside without proper sun protection. Awareness is the key to understanding how much the sun can affect your skin and overall health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), repeated sun exposure can damage skin causing sunburns and premature signs of aging, saying “Small amounts of UV are essential for the production of vitamin D in people, yet overexposure may result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eye and immune system.”

Additionally, the WHO states that “Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Experts believe that four out of five cases of skin cancer could be prevented, as UV damage is mostly avoidable.” The idea behind the alert system is to help users remain alert to their levels of exposure.

It will be interesting to see if this feature is part of the next Apple Watch device series. In the meantime, if you need assistance with or repairs for your Apple Watch device, stop by your local Experimac store and meet the team. We also carry some certified pre-owned Apple Watch devices you may want to look at.