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Apple is being sued over an alleged racial bias in the health feature of the Apple Watch

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Apple is being sued once more. This time, the business is being sued because, according to the legal complaint, some of the primary health-related aspects of its wearable Apple Watch are racially prejudiced. Follow For More Updates at satiknews.com

A class action lawsuit against the Cupertino-based company has been filed in the Southern District of New York. The company is embroiled in a legal battle over claims that the smartwatch’s blood oximeter health feature favors darker tones on the basis of race. The Apple Watch that New Yorker Alex Morales purchased over a year ago is allegedly “purported to measure blood oxygen levels and he believed it did this without respect to skin tone which was significant to him based on his skin tone,” according to the documents.

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Morales “thought the device would not integrate biases and flaws of pulse oximetry with respect to persons of darker skin tone,” according to the lawsuit complaint. The product is marketed at a premium price, roughly no less than $400, minus tax and sales, he continued, “as a result of the false and misleading promises.

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Morales is therefore bringing a class action lawsuit, which will also include all New Yorkers who bought the Apple Watch within the legal time frame. The lawsuit also included a set of research notes from a study that was carried out during the pandemic. For the latest news, follow us on Google News

In order to test COVID-19 instances, this was done by measuring the blood oxygen saturation level. They referenced this study and claimed that it “proved the clinical significance of pulse oximetry’s racial bias.” There have been claims regarding the accuracy of such devices in determining blood oxygen levels based on skin tone for decades.

The Apple Watch is “only designed for general fitness and wellness objectives,” according to Apple’s response to the lawsuit. Measurements taken by blood oxygen apps are not meant for medical use, including self-diagnosis or doctor consultation.

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