Apple Watch Sport sets off security alarms in shops

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Listerman, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. Listerman macrumors newbie

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    Stopped by the Outlets today and set off the door alarm in every store. Had to show the employees the watch was causing it by holding it out through the door.
     
  2. Tokenfreak macrumors 6502

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  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    I wonder what's causing this? Could it be the NFC chip? or the magnet?
     
  4. Subdiv macrumors 6502

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    Now you can shoplift and blame it on the watch! :D
     
  5. jeblis macrumors regular

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    Are you sure it's the watch? I had some jeans with a sewn in security tag that didn't get properly deactivated.
     
  6. Listerman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Positive it was the watch. Took it off and waved it through the gateway. I didnt purchase anything so I wasnt carrying anything out
     
  7. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    If true, this could be the first "*-gate" to actially get media attention... That would be a pretty embarrassing oversight. Can anyone else confirm this weird behavior?
     
  8. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    What's embarrassing is the media turning everything into a "gate". It's really stupid.
     
  9. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

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    Seriously this is a major oversight if true. And a massive fail. We need some confirmation.
     
  10. MrLoL macrumors 6502

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    Maybe depends of the brand of security alarms, not really sure.

    We need more confirmations about this
     
  11. SidBoggle macrumors regular

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    Interesting. The alarm went off when I left Toys R Us today and it did not occur to me that it could be the watch. We only had one small toy and that had no tag on it so I assumed it was just a false alarm.
     
  12. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    You could be onto something. I bought some stuff from forever 21 today. Afterwards I went into H & M. I thought oh great Forever 21 have probably left a tag on something but after inspecting all my clothes there weren't any tags on there. It happened again when I was leaving the store. Oddly enough it didn't happen in any of the stores I went into afterwards.
     
  13. Krashj macrumors newbie

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    I created an account to add my experience. I et the alarm off walking into (empty handed) and out of best buy today. I assumed it was a malfunction...
     
  14. Tim7 macrumors 6502

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    I work as a support engineer for the Co-operative here in the UK so drive round going to all the shops and my Watch didn't set off any shop alarms on the way in or out today.
     
  15. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    What technology inside the Watch would be setting off the alarms, that the iPhone doesn't have?
     
  16. bushido Suspended

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    That sounds so random and funny i cant wait for Buzzfeed to pick up on it
     
  17. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    Since the "gate" was the location of the scandal you can call this mallgate.
     
  18. Loge macrumors 68020

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    Maybe not a total surprise they didn't spot this - after all the watches are on display in the one shop that doesn't have a security alarm.
     
  19. LiemTa macrumors 6502

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    Interesting to see what would've happened if an employee testing the Watch 1 year ago set off the store alarm and had to prove he wasn't stealing. But in doing so they must reveal it's the Watch's fault.
     
  20. thefredelement macrumors 65816

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    You know, this could end up being serious for someone in a bad mood with a bad set of circumstances.
     
  21. hydr macrumors regular

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    Magnets in the band... Which bands were you guys using?
     
  22. Juan007, Apr 25, 2015
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    Juan007 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, same thing happened to me, but I'm not sure if the watch caused it or if it was the razor blades I stuffed in my jacket...

    Edit: Seriously though, this isn't Apple's problem. There will soon be 2 million+ people walking around the country wearing an Apple Watch, and if your alarm goes off due to it, then your alarm is broken (not the watch). Your alarm is designed to detect stolen goods and it's failing because the Apple Watch is NOT stolen. Don't blame Apple, blame alarm manufacturers for making a defective product.
     
  23. gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

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    Wow.. That's crazy.. Who would've thought this to happen? You know?
    Like... Who tests this? Lol. Who would've thought to test this in research lol
     
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    What band are you using? Just the rubber sport one?
     

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