Apple has found a way to resolve the issue surrounding the ban on two of its watch models, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, by removing the blood oxygen measurement feature altogether. This decision came after a long legal battle with Masimo, a health-tech company that claimed Apple had violated two of its patents.
Masimo had requested an import ban on certain Apple Watch models, which was granted in December 2021. However, Apple hoped that the Biden administration would veto the ban, but this did not happen. As a result, the affected watches were removed from Apple’s retail stores and website.
To overcome the ban, Apple proposed dropping the blood oxygen measurement feature from the two watch models. The US Customs Agency was tasked with determining whether this solution would suffice. According to a letter from Masimo’s attorney, the company has agreed to the proposed solution, and the feature will be removed from the watches.
New watches without the oximeter feature have already been shipped to retailers in the US, but they are not yet allowed to sell them until they receive official word from Apple’s corporate office. Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reported that the new watches are expected to hit store shelves soon