Updated Jan 17, 2024 - Technology

Apple Watches to go on sale without blood oxygen feature after court ruling

Apple Watches on display at the Apple Store in Grand Central Station in New York City in December. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 will go on sale in U.S. stores Thursday morning without their blood oxygen features, the company announced.

Driving the news: The announcement came after a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Apple couldn't import wearables with this feature into the country while the company appeals the U.S. International Trade Commission's finding that the devices infringe patents.

  • Apple had asked the court to extend a stay allowing the import of the devices while the company appeals USITC's decision finding that the world's largest smartwatch seller had infringed two patents owned by Masimo Corporation and Cercacor Laboratories, which the commission said became final on Dec. 26.

What's happening: "The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 without the Blood Oxygen feature will become available from apple.com starting 6am PT on January 18, and from Apple Stores starting January 18," per an Apple statement shared with Axios and other news outlets.

What they're saying: Joe Kiani, Masimo's founder and CEO, said in a statement to media that Wednesday's court ruling "affirms that even the largest and most powerful companies must respect the intellectual rights of American inventors and must deal with the consequences when they are caught infringing others' patents."

The other side: Apple said in its statement that it "strongly" disagreed with the USITC decision and resulting orders.

  • "Pending the appeal, Apple is taking steps to comply with the ruling while ensuring customers have access to Apple Watch with limited disruption," it said.
  • "These steps include introducing a version of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States without the Blood Oxygen feature. There is no impact to Apple Watch units previously purchased that include the Blood Oxygen feature."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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