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Empty Apple Workout Rings On Shabbat

Published October 31, 2017

The short and simple answer for observant Jews is that you cannot wear an Apple Watch on Shabbat.   Besides for not being able to turn off the display from activating on arm turn, it also tracks all your steps, monitors your heart beat and a heck of a lot more.  There are many halachic (Jewish law) prohibitions with the Apple Watch on Shabbos, period.

The sad part for those of us who do wear an Apple Watch every other day of the week are the notifications you get from Apple expressing their disappointment with you for not closing your rings. I guess you can work out Saturday night, after Shabbos is over but I am too tired and I've done a lot of walking already on Shabbos. In fact, I do way more walking on Shabbos then I do any other day.

Here is what my Apple Watch Activity app looked like for the month of October:

You will clearly see that all Saturdays have very little to zero activity.  That is because you cannot put the watch on until after sundown on Saturday.  Also, you see those days labeled Succos and Simchas Torah?  Those are Jewish holidays, Yom Tovim, and on those days you cannot wear the watch as well.

Apple was so disappointed in me the month of October. 

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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