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  • Recognize Your iPhone 4? Your iPhone 5 May Recognize You!



    In what could be a futuristic development for future iPhones (and iPads and iPods as well), this week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shed light on something Apple may be tinkering with. A patent application out of Cupertino suggests that Apple wants future iDevice to recognize and react to individual users.

    Simply put, the iDevices could be "taught" to identify a user based on their appearance, detected heartbeat, or sound of their voice (like voice activation). The patent in question shows that Apple is enamored of "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device." Ultimately, the recognition features would be of a security nature, possibly preventing unauthorized users from using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod that isn't theirs - one that contains sensitive personal information. "The photograph, recording, or heartbeat can be compared, respectively, to a photograph, recording or heartbeat of authorized users of the electronic device to determine whether they match," the patent application reveals. "If they do not match, the current user can be detected as an unauthorized user."

    From Computerworld:

    If you've been wondering what to expect from iPhone 5, the next-generation, beyond an all-new and improved antenna, then let me share a few ideas with you -- your iPhone will be your wallet, your house keys, your identity, the center of your mobile existence. At least, that's how it appears on news of Apple's hiring of near field communications (NFC) expert Benjamin Vigier.
    The patent application, which could very well point to many of the key security attributes of the iPhone 5, also suggests that if an "unauthorized" individual attempts to access the iDevice, the intruder will be quietly tattled on via an email, text, or phone message (from the iPhone) to the police with detailed information as to the device's current location.

    Interestingly, should this technology be implemented, it would also make it possible to prevent unauthorized users from tinkering with the handset in ways that our community knows a thing or two about - specifically, jailbreaking and hacking the iPhone. Come to think of it, I guess this sort of thing might be the only way Apple can prevent all of its floor model iDevices from getting jailbroken at Apple Stores.


    Computerworld
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Recognize Your iPhone 4? Your iPhone 5 May Recognize You! started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Wow thats going beyond the line of controlling a product. They're using the same old excuse, "We will protect you from the bad guys", so people agree to such a controlling proposition. If this happens I think I'll pass.
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      lol would be pretty cool, but if you don't know, then you'll never know...All phones by apple can & WILL BE JAILBROKEN, HACKED, UNLOCKED, Etc.....& If it do come to the point where it seems impossibe to not be jailbroken. Then thats when the douche Geohot will come back and do it, "Because he was bored" lol
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      so your iPHoneous gets stolenous and all this can doeous is unallow such said thief from using the device. consequently tossing it in the garbage.../YEAH/ sounds like it will curb all sorts of crime. wheres my iPhone? FFPhuck??! BIGeous BROtherous excuses if you axious me.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sevael View Post
      Facial, heartbeat and voice recognition? So I wouldn't be able to use my phone in the dark, right after a long run or if I have a cold. Sounds wonderful.

      Is my phone going to call the cops on me if I try to use it in the following situations?
      - wearing sunglasses
      - got a black eye
      - haven't shaved in several days
      - during/after physical activity
      - after a rough visit to the dentist (mouth full of gauze)
      - after sucking helium and want to call your friends

      obviously apple wouls use biometrics, which does not care if your eye is purple and yellow or green purple. biometrice measures the distances between known points on your face and uses that. sunglasses and yellow hair are irrelevant. Voice recognition uses another formula from your voice so that nasal, or choking in beer, you are still you.
      I personally use no code at all, because i have nothing to hide from anybody. my life is a short, dull open book. ok, so it's a one sided leaflet.
      The new technology is out there, and being used instead of a password for itunes purchases or credit card verification would be awesome. I am too stupid to be creating and remembering where i wrote all my passwords for dumb junk
      unklbyl
    1. lacrossplayereht's Avatar
      lacrossplayereht -
      So if I want to let me friend use it, would he or she be to use or would the phone lock them out as well. I see this technology creating a lot of problems
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      so your iPHoneous gets stolenous and all this can doeous is unallow such said thief from using the device. consequently tossing it in the garbage.../YEAH/ sounds like it will curb all sorts of crime. wheres my iPhone? FFPhuck??! BIGeous BROtherous excuses if you axious me.
      I don't think that's what it's for. It seems more like something to stop your little brother from going on your angry birds
    1. decke's Avatar
      decke -
      Cool. As long as I can turn this feature off...
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Cool.... Why does apple always patent things before they even make them?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      Cool.... Why does apple always patent things before they even make them?
      ummm that way if its successful someone else doesnt make billions off of something they created first
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      ummm that way if its successful someone else doesnt make billions off of something they created first
      They haven't created it yet though. They just drew up some plans and said this might work we're patenting it now. What if someone else was already making this but now they can't because apple patented the idea of it?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      They haven't created it yet though. They just drew up some plans and said this might work we're patenting it now. What if someone else was already making this but now they can't because apple patented the idea of it?
      once again that is the point so no one else can do it without paying them
    1. decke's Avatar
      decke -
      Stupid whoever created it and didn't patent it
    1. maajka's Avatar
      maajka -
      An interesting text from the Reg:

      Jailbreak Kill patent?

      Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones ? The Register
    1. brutaltactics's Avatar
      brutaltactics -
      Quote Originally Posted by thekid05 View Post
      Lmfao!
      That **** is so funny!!
    1. Testjockey's Avatar
      Testjockey -
      I just had my Iphone stolen tonight. I would love this just to piss the ******* off. Now if it could tazer the mother ****** I would be happy
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Evil!!! I hope it's just iPhone 5 and they're not gonna try anything like that on iPhone 4.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I wonder if the iPhone 5 will recognize antenna problem?
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      In Soviet Russia, iPhone 5 jailbreaks you
      Lmfao. That just made my month.
    1. laxmaster232's Avatar
      laxmaster232 -
      I really think you guys are thinking too narrow, i personally thing this mechanism could be used perfectly wit iTV. you know user comes, shows His/Her face then iTV shows her what they like or whatever. In Otherwords, it can be used for a lot of things.
    1. Luis1983's Avatar
      Luis1983 -
      More useless upgrades that just make you be cooler.