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Apple Watch will lock down payment info when taken off your wrist

Apple Watch will lock down payment info when taken off your wrist

Worried about thieves making off with your Apple Watch and spending all your money using Apple Pay? Don't be. The device knows when it's taken off your wrist and locks down sensitive information, such as your credit card number, to keep it away from sticky-fingered imps.

Cult of Mac discovered that the Apple Watch's sensors detect when the device is taken off your wrist, and restricts access to sensitive info.

When you put it back on, you'll have to enter a pin number before you can buy anything using Apple Pay.

This is all the more prudent seeing as it's been confirmed that the Apple Watch requires charging every day, and so will leave the user's wrist at least once every 24 hours.

The sensors that know when you take it off are designed to measure your heart rate. This is useful for fitness apps, and if you want to send your heartbeat to another Apple Watch wearer.

The daily charging is a bit of a downer for anyone used to the Misfit Shine, which takes watch batteries that only need replacing every four to six months.

The Apple Watch will go on sale early next year in the US, starting at $349. Apple is yet to name an exact release date, or confirm UK pricing.

Source:

Cult of Mac

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