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Apple Pay to be easier with Apple Watch than iPhone

Making mobile payments through Apple Pay will be easier with the Apple Watch than it will with the iPhone, an Apple executive has confirmed.

Apple will launch its hugely anticipated smartwatch, the Apple Watch, later on today. However, one Apple executive has spilled a  little more information on how it will work as a mobile payment device.

Eddie Cue heads up Apple’s mobile payment initiative (alongside iTunes and other internet-related things). Cue shared some details on Apple Pay and the Apple Watch whilst attending a recent basketball game.

Speaking to Cnet, Cue revealed that once paired with an iPhone, you’ll be able to use an Apple Watch for Apple Pay payments without having to authenticate on your phone. That’s provided you don’t take your watch off at any point.

“You don’t have to authenticate on the phone,” said Cue. “Your watch has to be unlocked, and your phone can unlock your watch. If I took my watch off and gave it to you, it would know and no longer work. If I wanted to pay right now, I could pay with the watch and not have to take the phone out of my pocket.”

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This means that you’ll simply need to hold your phone near an NFC reader to authenticate payments – you won’t even have to touch it to authenticate, as you would with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Hopefully there’ll be some news on when Apple Pay is coming to Europe to accompany the Apple Watch launch later this evening.

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