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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. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Gee that's clear from the picture.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Big brother would love this
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      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.
      Actually this wont stop anything like that..the models at Apple and Att Stores would have to disable this feature becuase why would anyone go there to try out their stuff if they cant get on it
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      diagram says it all
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Damn it I want an iphone 5.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      lol this would be pretty cool to retina scan u to access your retina display
    1. Luigi453's Avatar
      Luigi453 -
      Just More components that can break.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      In Soviet Russia, iPhone 5 jailbreaks you
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      wow... this is like awesome... only authorized users so no one can get into your stuff... it's brilliant, like to put a passcode on the phone so only "authorized users" have the code and can use it...

      oh wait, we already have that... so what's the point of this?
    1. thekid05's Avatar
      thekid05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      In Soviet Russia, iPhone 5 jailbreaks you
      Lmfao!
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      As long as it's not a 30 sec process to unlock my phone everytime it goes into sleep mode I think that it will be pretty cool. Also I want be buying the first batch of ip5's if this a feature bc they (apple) couldn't even get the proximity sensor to work right on the ip4.
    1. sal_osx's Avatar
      sal_osx -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      Big brother would love this
      Seriously bro. They might as well brand us and tag us like animals.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      I'd have fun with it, but i have a finger printer scanner on my HP and truly i never use it. I could care less, the only reason i have that working is so my friends and family can use it. Gave them each a finger to use and yeah.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Useless.. Yes?

      COOL?... YES.


      Needed? No...............
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      It's going to take even longer now to access your iPhone versus using the passcodes we use now. Don't get me wrong this is pretty interesting and cool but yet a little ridiculous.

      I can see it now, "iPhone 6 now requires a blood, urine and tissue sample along with 2 forms of government ID and a blood relative to confirm your identity!"
      Apple slogan, "I think your s*** is safe now... give us your money!"
    1. Eddie3GS's Avatar
      Eddie3GS -
      Quote " 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."

      Correct if I am wrong but this is not correct. IOS 4.02 and Ipad 3.2.2 can not be jailbreaked therefore apple only needs to update the firmware if they did not do it already!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      All this security for the iPhone 5 seems that the iPhone 5 may have something a little more to offer that all the other iPhones.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eddie3GS View Post
      Correct if I am wrong but this is not correct. IOS 4.02 and Ipad 3.2.2 can not be jailbreaked therefore apple only needs to update the firmware if they did not do it already!
      I'm sure they already updated the firmware since people were going into Apple stores and JB iPhones all day long. However, iOS 4.0.2 and 3.2.2 can not be JB the same way that iOS 4.0.1 was but I'm sure they could be JB the same way all other previous versions were. That's if a JB for iOS 4.0.2 and 3.2.2 does come out, which I doubt. There is no need since there is no substantial fixes that you don't already get by JB.

      Waiting for iOS 4.1 and JB....
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      you morons, yes this is needed, if this is successful think of what it could do to change the whole mobile industry, apple no doubt is #1 in tech right now. Microsoft, your just falling down.

      Quote Originally Posted by Eddie3GS View Post
      Quote " 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."

      Correct if I am wrong but this is not correct. IOS 4.02 and Ipad 3.2.2 can not be jailbreaked therefore apple only needs to update the firmware if they did not do it already!
      Oh and did you know there's more than just 1 bug in the firmware? Comex has already said there's plenty, and yeah....
    1. convlkt's Avatar
      convlkt -
      I think they should use blood tests on it to check DNA and verify the user, then we could do insulin tests for diabetics all in one. New marketing ploy: DNA testing done to verify your iphone/ipad and also a new instrument for diabetics