Apple Watch security provisions? TouchID? Passcode?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by sjinsjca, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Has there been any hint at how the Watch will restrict access to confidential user information its apps may rely-on, contain or display?

    For the Mac, we have passcodes, and for iDevices we have passcodes and (recently) TouchID.

    Watches are stolen frequently...
  2. dctid macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2015
    I'm sure that there is a pass code incorporated within it, i seem to remember an article which explained that overtime you remove the watch and put it back on a passcode is required

    This prevents someone nicking the watch and simply going on a spending spree using apple pay, minot 100% certain but I'm think I'm pretty close

    others will either confirm or offer an alternative i suspect
  3. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    When you first put the watch on, you put a passcode into the phone.

    This 'unlocks' the watch, for aslong as it remains on your wrist. If the watch loses contact with your skin, the passcode is required again.

    I'm almost certain I've read that somewhere.
  4. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    From what I understand, you will have to input a passcode (based on numbers perhaps or drawing a pattern on-screen) to unlock the Watch after putting it on. Then you are free to use the Watch as long as it remains on your arm; since it has the pulse sensor it knows if you take it off.

    If someone steals your Watch it should be fairly worthless to them even if they can replicate your passcode; if Apple did their job properly any unauthorized person should be unable to synch someone else's Watch with another phone unless they also know your AppleID and password.

    There might even be the possibility to wipe the Watch remotely like with other iOS devices, depending on how Apple handles wireless connectivity.
  5. YanvegHD macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2015
    I think it's if the watch looses a heartbeat, because if someone cuts your hand with the watch, there's the skin yet :p
  6. jordanst macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2014
    It isn't constantly using the heart rate sensor though.
  7. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    I'd like to see Find My iPhone on the Watch. Often times, the person who loses their iPhone is out and away from a computer. I'd want to be alerted by the Watch in a forceful way if its connection with the iPhone is lost.
  8. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    The watch doesn't know where it is without the phone. If you're being mugged, be sure to offer the phone in addition to the watch! :)
  9. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    If someone cuts off your hand for the watch, you've got bigger problems than securing the watch itself.
  10. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    We don't know the exact authentication method (entering a passcode on the watch vs passcode on the phone vs Touch ID on the phone, etc). But once the watch has been removed, you will be required to re-authenticate to get some functionality back (at the very least, to make purchases). We don't know the method used to determine if the watch has been removed or what functionality will be available without authenticating.

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