The Apple Watch is, by Apple's own admission the most personal, most intimate device the company has ever released. It tracks health, it handles communications, it can control our homes, it can pay for our purchases. Security on the Apple Watch is something that's going to matter to everyone who uses it. The response to the sensational headline used by MarketWatch, is that they don't know. And the follow up is pure fear, uncertainty, and doubt. That's not only bad journalism, it's an actively harmful attack.
The Apple Watch works in conjunction with the iPhone. WatchOS is also based on iOS. Apple has released an excellent guide to iOS security. It can serve as great starting point to become familiar with basics of how Apple handles end-to-end encryption and other related technologies.
Apple has also posted an open letter on security and privacy, and an entire root-level section of the company's website - apple.com/privacy, that outlines the philosophy behind it. In short, Apple's made privacy and security a front-line feature for the company's customers. Again, an important starting point for this type of discussion.
Deplorable "Has your arm" hyperbole aside, "in theory", what stops a criminal from threatening you for your phone's passcode? Your wallet? Your car keys? What about any of that is unique to the Apple Watch?
If you jailbreak and visit a pirate app store and otherwise expressly override Apple's built-in protections. In other words, if you leave your car open with the keys in, in front of a chop-shop, then security isn't the problem. You are.
The bigger and more realistic danger, by near-infinite order of magnitude, is the "security" sellers who hack "reporters" into harming their readership by publishing complete and utter bull, backed up by no hard data or realistic threat assessment.
Except, no. They absolutely didn't.
Apple Pay wasn't gamed at all. It was and is so secure all "fraudsters" could do was run old-fashioned social engineering attacks on banks that admitted they not only chose not to invalidate stolen card data, but authorize it for purchase.
- Banks, retailers 'stung', Apple Pay still secure
Which has among the best security in the industry. Would that MarketWatch aspired to such pride of craft.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.