6 Apple Watch Flaws That Could Make You Queasy

Including an irrational fear of oddly placed circles

Whenever Apple launches a new product, someone somewhere is going to find a flaw. It's inevitable when you sell as many devices as Apple does, and so it goes with its new watch.

After going on sale last month, the field-test results are in, and as with past product launches—iPhones had Bendgate and Antennagate—Apple Watch users have uncovered several shortcomings, some more serious than others.

But they all get attention because of the massive scrutiny under which Apple operates, as the most valuable company in the world.

Just this week, we discovered some Apple Watch users are getting a rash. Last week, we learned that people with wrist tattoos experienced difficulties with some functions.

There have even been reports that the watch causes an irrational fear of circles.

So, with all this in mind, it's worth having a look at all the ways Apple Watch has failed some people. In the spirit of blaming everything on everything, let's all just say, "Thanks a lot, Apple Watch."


Apple Watch has been blamed for inspiring trypophobia. That's a fear of irregularly arranged circles—kind of like the way Apple Watch apps look on the home screen. People with this phobia report uneasiness viewing things like beehives or sponges. Symptoms apparently include skin crawling, freaking out and nausea.



Stephanie Rosenbloom did a test run with the watch and wanted to see how it would perform as a travel tool. It had mostly good results, but one freeze up and she almost ordered too many Uber cars. So, don't panic, and just start pushing buttons in apps, or who knows what you'll wind up having auto-sent your way. Luckily for her, she just canceled her five inadvertent Uber rides.



Some users are reporting some skin irritation, identified by red splotches. The band appears to be irritating these people, and Apple has guidelines for third-party band makers and cleanliness tips for users.



If you have a lot of ink on your wrist, the watch may not work correctly. The hearty sensor, a big biometric reason for using the device while exercising, doesn't seem to register correctly if the wearer has a tattoo right under the watch face.



There are support groups popping up for people who don't have friends with Apple Watches, because they can't find anyone with whom to share their heartbeats. One of the features Apple promoted was the ability to message loved ones with a simulation of your heart beat—just to say you care. Online groups are forming on sites like Reddit to meet strangers who might want to try it out together. Also, it's probably best if you don't have a wrist tattoo.



Ok, stress tests are all the rage with new devices. There are many videos of people unboxing their new watches, trying every which way to destroy it and seeing whether it can survive. Still, you shouldn't be shocked when you do break it. So, while this is not quite a design flaw, it should be noted that whipping the watch face down on the floor, like this guy did, will smash it to pieces.