Great upcoming feature for smartwatches

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mildredop, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    I was reading about the new Android OS which includes a new security feature whereby your phone will only ask for your pin (or other security) if it's not connected to a 'trusted bluetooth'. In other words, your smartwatch.

    So the moment your phone is more than 10m away, it'll lock. Finally, a reason to own a smartwatch!

    I know this is an Android feature, but most Android features end-up on Apple phones a couple of years later, so it'll be great when this one appears.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    Not sure why you would want the Watch to 'lock' and have to enter a PIN. However if you are interested in having a warning/reminder that you forgot you iPhone, I seem to remember it said at the event that the aWatch can do this. As you move out of BT range it would (or can) give you a haptic reminder.

    Coincidentally yesterday I forgot my iPhone at work. I have Automatic in my car and it gave me a warning.
     
  3. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's not the watch that locks, it's the phone. So whilst the phone is near your watch, no security is active. But if someone steals your phone from your bag or you leave it in a pub, as it's no longer near your watch, it'll then activate the security.

    Genuis!
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    But your iPhone IS locked and secure so long as they didn't steal you finger it can't be unlocked. The aWatch will let you know if it's stolen as it moves out of range. You can then use find my iPhone to see where it is or to wipe and brick. What is not as great in this scenario?
     
  5. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The numerous times the phone doesn't recognise your fingerprint through the day.
     
  6. Julien macrumors G3

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    I don't understand. How does that allow the person who stole your iPhone to unlock it or have anything to do with this thread? :confused:

    About the only time I ever have a problem is when my fingers are wet.
     
  7. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is like trying to explain something to my 91-year-old grandmother.

    Don't worry about it.
     
  8. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    Before Touch ID I would have loved a feature like this, but nowadays I barely even remember that my phone is secured anyway so this seems like a feature more useful for Android users (who don't have the mature biometrics) than us iPhone users.

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    I think Julien is trying to say essentially what I did: that with Touch ID the utility of such a design is lessened because the inconvenience of your phone being locked has already largely been mitigated.
     
  9. Julien macrumors G3

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    And even if there was no Touch ID who would have all their valuable data on a phone without a passcode set?
     
  10. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    The idea is that it would have a passcode, it just wouldn't lock while it was within a certain proximity to your watch via Bluetooth. So while your phone is in your pocket and you're wearing your watch, it doesn't lock because it's on your person. Once it's out of range of your watch, however, the passcode is enabled again.

    It works well for Android phones and is a popular feature.
     
  11. matrix07, Nov 4, 2014
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    What are you talking about? my phone recognize my fingers every single time. Get your fact straight. It's iPhone we're talking about, not Samsung's.

    And I may be your grandma 'cause I don't understand the point of this thread either. Apple has all the securities in iOS in place. You can even have the phone send the last location before battery dies, or have it wipe all the data if you lost your phone. This is just a couple of examples. The security in iOS always trump Android and Apple is very serious about it. So what made you believe Apple will not have all the necessary security measures for the watch? Where did you get such information from, since almost nobody have ever used the watch outside of Apple?

    You should learn about iOS security measures before making speculative thread like this.
     
  12. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Everyone I know with an iPhone says to me the fingerprint sensor doesn't work very well. My partner no longer uses hers and just uses the PIN lock.

    I'm not talking about Samsung either, I'm talking about Android.

    Please show me where in my original post I mentioned anything about the security of the Apple Watch. If you read it again you'll notice that I didn't.
     
  13. matrix07, Nov 5, 2014
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    That's really strange 'cause mine is flawless. It's hard to put it to bad luck when it happened to "everyone" so I have to question how out of touch with reality a claim like this is.
    If you want to see video of me unlocking my phone with all 3 of my fingerprints, maybe 10-20 times, I'll be happy to abide so we can settle this with real evidence, rather than here says. You'll see not only how easy but how quick it is.
     
  14. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes please, as I've heard it's quite intermittent.
     
  15. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Except that's not you. I could search YouTube and find a video where touch ID doesn't work and claim it's me.
     
  17. matrix07, Nov 5, 2014
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    What are you talking about? You didn't make sense now. You could look at the time of my post and the time that video posted on YouTube and KNOW. :rolleyes: But since you pretend to be thick, I just changed the title of the video just for you. Go ahead and looks again. :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WTV761O_L0&feature=youtu.be
     
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    It is more common for me to press the power button to wake and sleep the display than it is for me to press the home button. So, while TouchID is a great alternative to a passcode, it really forces me to alter how I interact with my device. It would be nice to have a means to have my device unlocked automatically, basically the Apple Watch and my car's bluetooth.
     
  19. matrix07, Nov 5, 2014
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    Nothing wrong with the method you prefer. I just nitpick a bit on the fact that you can't just get to the Home Screen by pressing Sleep/Wake button alone. You have to slide the screen also. And if you want your phone secure you also need to enter the PIN. Touch ID consolidate all of these steps in one place. Normally security and convenience are an enemy of each others. Rarely they're working together so well like this so I'd suggest if you have iPhone 6, just try Touch ID. There's a good chance you'll love it.

    Not only that, you can use your Touch ID to purchase apps (no more entering long password) and log into apps, like Day One or One Password for example.
     
  20. jason.siegel macrumors 6502

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    I don't think this is particularly secure. Bluetooth has a 30+ foot range; so it would be very easy for someone to pick up your device while it is in range but not within immediate control.
     

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