Apple Watch Uses Passcode And Skin Contact To Authorize Payments

Posted: Sep 11 2014, 2:54am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple Watch Uses Passcode And Skin Contact To Authorize Payments
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The watch can reportedly detect if it's being worn.

Details about the Apple Watch are still scant. As Apple walked us through some of the watch's features, questions began to pile up. Apart from the battery life which can reportedly last up to a day, Apple Pay, the company's new payment system, also raises more questions than answers.

What about security? What if somebody, a thief, steals my Apple Watch? Apple has yet to answer these cases, but according to Cult of Mac, an Apple employee told them that the watch will automatically turn off if it is removed from the wrist.

The watch can reportedly detect if it's being worn. Not only that. The Apple Watch is also said to use passcodes that are required to be entered once they are worn. If a user removes the watch from his or her wrist, the watch will lock itself, shutting down thieves. If a user wears it again, the correct passcode must be used.

iMore's Rene Ritchie is also backing up the report. Ritchie says that the watch uses a passcode and skin contact to authorize payments. In addition, Visa CEO Charlie Scharf confirmed to Re/code that the Apple Watch can authenticate users through sensors. “It will able to know you are you. The watch is a very, very sophisticated monitor," he said.

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