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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:17 PM   #1
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Apple Watch Will Use Skin Contact for Apple Pay Security




When Apple announced that the Apple Watch would be able to use Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment initiative, many wondered how secure the payments would be if the device lacked the security of Touch ID, which is used in the iPhone 6's implementation. Now, several members of the press have confirmed how the system works.

Both Rene Ritchie of iMore and Cult of Mac report that when a user first puts on the Watch they must type in a PIN code to authorize Apple Pay. Once it's on, the Watch uses constant skin contact, which it can sense using the four sapphire-covered lenses on the underside of the device, to authorize payments. However, once the device is removed from a user's wrist, they must re-enter their PIN when putting the device back on their wrist.
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Thanks to sensors on the Apple Watch's back, the device can tell when it's being worn and when it has been taken off. When you first put the watch on, you must enter a code. When the watch is removed from your wrist, the watch locks itself and can't be used for payments unless the code is entered again.
MasterCard's mobile payment executive Ed McLaughlin also told*Re/code that the Watch would use the four sensors on the back of the device as a security measure, while Visa CEO Charlie Scharf said that Apple understood the risks of contactless payments and has a solution.

The Apple Watch is due to arrive in early 2015 and will start at $350.

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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:19 PM   #3
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Hopefully it detects that the hand is warm to prevent thefts.
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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:20 PM   #5
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That's very cool. Hope for their sake that they patented that idea.
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Hopefully it detects that the hand is warm to prevent thefts.
It locks if taken off the owner.
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Unless they take your wrist with the watch...
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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:20 PM   #8
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This is so cool and well thought too, good job Apple.
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Hopefully they implement failed attempts into this. After like no more than 5 attempts, simply lock out the watch software entirely.
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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:21 PM   #10
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I dunno about genius, I can see this being hacked. Now an ECG of your heartbeat would be truly secure and genius.
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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:21 PM   #11
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Brilliant. Cant wait to get this along with my iPhone 6
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I have bony wrists. With most watches I wear the back is rarely plastered up against the back of my wrist. How tight are people going to have to wear this thing? I think there's going to be a lot of re-entering your pin.
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Love the idea. and I thought the mini card banks sent out was awesome. Plastic cards no more.
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Lets see the details first.


since the sensors are on the back of the watch, I am curious to exactly how this will work.
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That's a sharp looking version!
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Old Sep 10, 2014, 07:26 PM   #18
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My thoughts exactly.

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Unless they take your wrist with the watch...
Then the pulse would stop. But honestly this is really stupid. You would give up your pin if someone was threatening your life or removal of your hand I mean come on
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that's been a big question of mine. good answer. thanks for the report!
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Then the pulse would stop
I think the poor person would have more on their mind than fraudulent transactions, if that were the case
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I have bony wrists. With most watches I wear the back is rarely plastered up against the back of my wrist. How tight are people going to have to wear this thing? I think there's going to be a lot of re-entering your pin.
If you get one of the watch bands that can be infinitely adjusted (Leather loop, Milanese Loop), problem solved, unless you don't like either of those styles.
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It locks if taken off the owner.
I think they meant kill the owner, leave the watch on the body.
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So the key to contactless payments is constant contact.
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