Monday, May 18, 2015

Apple Watch Activation Lock: Does Wearable Need One?

Is Apple Watch Activation Lock option must have or not? iPhone users got used to having this cool feature that locks the screen and requires passcode or Touch ID for successful unlock. This security measure is great and it can protect the smartphone from being accessed by a third-party person in case it gets lost or stolen.

Activation Lock Apple Watch option is absent in the ‘fruit’ wearable. Still this device is pretty expensive. While the cheapest cost begins at $349 it can go up to $17,000 for the gold version. Couldn’t the option be included for at least some of the models or not?

It is not surprising that customers wish to protect their wearable from being stolen and used by thieves. Apple made this a watch and maybe this is the reason an Activation Lock feature is absent at the moment. It might add a new layer of protection in the future versions of iOS 8 or 9. Right now the Apple Watch is running iOS 8.2 special version created and released just for it. At the same time, iPhone users can install iOS 8.3 and are waiting for the public release of iOS 8.4 which is being tested now.

Watch works in pair with iPhone. It’s the smartphone’s extension so it doesn’t hold all data that is stored on the smartphone. That’s one of the reasons why it’s not as secure as the handset. Is passcode lock enough? Some consumers believe there is no need for Apple to present Apple Watch Activation Lock option and others think this feature has to be available on both iPhone and the iWatch.

Still as experts showed how Apple Watch can be stolen with Apple Pay being used by a third-party users, more customers might have concerns about the security level of this device.


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