The second was the now infamous Heartbleed security breach which is yet another reminder that it’s time for passwords to die. While munching a few pieces of chocolate and browsing through Flipboard on my iPad, it struck me that Apple is about to do something revolutionary. Again.
The Haves And Have Nots
First, a recap. Don’t expect Apple to sell a $199 iWatch. It. Won’t. Happen. That’s now how Apple works these days.
The company is a premium brand, a purveyor of exquisitely designed products that work in harmony with users and information.
Second, Apple solves problems, and one of the problems all of us have is passwords and security. Apple has tipped its hand with Touch ID on iPhone 5s. More is coming.
All it takes to unlock my iPhone is a touch, press, hold to the Home button. That turns on the screen and unlocks the phone. It works almost perfectly and solves a small problem with an elegant solution.
It won’t be long and Touch ID will be enabled to allow us to buy products. No password. No login ID. Select what we want to buy, press the Home button, and it’s done. You can already do that with iPhone and iPad apps.
Security And iWatch
Color me a little bold (which comes from being taller than most humans) but I don’t see Apple making an iWatch that costs less than an iPhone. What I see is a watch that thinks different.
Watches are passé but biometrics are the future. Touch ID is Apple’s first foray into biometrics and more is to come. What is a device that can track accurately and simply blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate and other health aspects worth?
The great unwashed masses of Android device users won’t care, but the health savvy and security conscious with more disposable income and resources will care because Apple will combine health monitoring with security in a wearable biometric device.
iWatch, meet iGlasses, and say goodbye to passwords.
Apple’s biometric devices could monitor our health in realtime and provide alerts when things go wrong. Too much sugar? Beep. Tightness in the chest? Having difficulty breathing? Beep, beep, and an alert goes out to loved ones or medical responders.
Biometric devices have the capability of eliminating the password which would go a long way toward reducing online fraud. You wouldn’t be able to purchase something with a stolen credit card unless your Apple-designed biometric device confirms that you and you and the purchase is authorized.
With apologies to William Rose and Nathaniel Benchley, ‘The Sensors Are Coming, The Sensors Are Coming.’