Apple Watch to unlock iPhone/iPad

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mchoffa, May 21, 2015.

  1. mchoffa macrumors 6502a

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    Now that I've gotten use to raising my wrist to turn on the watch, I'm slightly annoyed that when I pick up my phone it's not ready to use (and I think this will increase with time.

    I was thinking though, that if you have already unlocked your watch via Touch ID on the phone, that it could work the other way around, where if your watch is unlocked already and you pick up your phone, the screen comes on, it's unlocked and ready to use. I guess there are things they'd have to consider such as privacy, but this could be very useful for the iPhone, iPad and Macs.
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Unless they incorporate TouchID in the screen of the Watch, that won't be possible because that defeats the security measure.
     
  3. mchoffa thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I mean once you've used Touch ID to unlock the watch, then it could work in reverse as long as you don't take it off your wrist. So you put watch on, unlock via TouchID or passcode, then at that point the Watch is authenticated and can unlock your phone.
     
  4. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Like the way Android watches work with Android phones. They can be setup so that as long as the phone is connected through Bluetooth, the phone remains unlocked. Once it disconnects, the phone needs a passcode.
     
  5. flur macrumors 68000

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    That's still not terribly secure. BT has a pretty good range, so your phone could be out of your possession and unlocked.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Then it'll have to relock once it's out of Bluetooth range. I can see that happening.

    However, TouchID is way faster than slide to unlock so what's the point? And, yes, you do need it because otherwise you'd be pocket dialing all day long.
     

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