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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.

    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. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      Quote Originally Posted by havoc0351 View Post
      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!"
      That'd be a pain in the ***.
      That also means we have to pee on our phones, no thanks.
      else they can make it like a pregnancy test, every time your iPhone goes to sleep you slide to "pee" BEW a pregnancy test thing comes out you pee on it, and ta da your iPhone is open!

      Quote Originally Posted by convlkt View Post
      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
      You, Sir, are a GENIUS!
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by macsoldier View Post
      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.
      IMO, it doesn't really sound like it does. Think about it, if no one knows your passcode they can't access your iPhone. If the iPhone 5 calls the cops everytime someone touches your phone that would be retarded. Just get MobileMe to track your iPhone if it gets misplaced/stolen. Sure it can be rendered useless by turning off your device but then so would your biometric lock. Either way if someone has the knowledge and means they would steal your phone, turn it off immediately, pop out the SIM, plug the device into a computer, hack in and steal your info.

      Quote Originally Posted by convlkt View Post
      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
      That is actually not a bad idea. That would also give them a new demographic to go after.

      Maybe they can make a "Check you Blood/Alcohol Level" or "Are you too drunk to drive?" app... LOL
    1. RyanWS's Avatar
      RyanWS -
      This is not new technology. My sister's Dell laptop unlocked with facial recognition... big whoop as jailbreakers we could probably be able to have this now.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      lol, sorry. but I dont want my phone to know who I am.,
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Heartbeat? I would think it would use a finger print scanner or facial
      Recognition software, seems much more plausible.
    1. auh's Avatar
      auh -
      Isn't this how the Terminator movie's started?
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      So can you use the heartbeat sensor in a combat situation? Like say....MW2? what if someone is cold-blooded? their iphone 5 won't recognize them?(another MW2 reference for those of you that may not get it).

      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      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?
      Also, there's a reference to that quote on bash.org.

      "Did you hear, some guy was at the zoo and hopped the fence and got into the lion cage somehow and got mauled"

      "really? they need to take security more seriously there. some sort of deterrent is needed. say like, putting some sort of fierce animal in the cage that would attack anyone that gets in....oh i see what you did there."
    1. ODB25's Avatar
      ODB25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sal_osx View Post
      Seriously bro. They might as well brand us and tag us like animals.
      Couldn't agree more

      Quote Originally Posted by auh View Post
      Isn't this how the Terminator movie's started?
      Lmfao!! SkyNet!!
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      Heart beat is a bit to vague although face recognition, could be the best implementation for this kind of security using the front facing camera or use of a fingerprint scanner or something like that.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      This is nothing new. It already exists so Apple is inventing nothing. They are using technology other companies did the R&D on. A practice that they themselves point and cry about when other companies do it.
    1. Sevael's Avatar
      Sevael -
      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

      Though it might be sweet justice to have the cops show up on your girlfriend/wife when she tries to view your call/text history (take that, *****!).

      Somehow I don't think this whole system will work as speculated...
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I don't see why this will be a deterrent for jailbreaking.

      "Unauthorized Jailbreak, Mr./ Ms. [insert your name here] -- SHUTTING DOWN PHONE, CONTACTING AUTHORITIES"

      Apple probably already knows if your device is jailbroken, and it's not illegal. And if I have to wait for my phone to recognize me before I can use it, well that would make me angry.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Open the pod bay door, Hal. Hal?

    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ODB25 View Post
      Lmfao!! SkyNet!!
      More like AppleNet!!! LMFAO...
    1. jimmsch's Avatar
      jimmsch -
      It seems like a good way for them to make it next to impossible to sell a used iPhone.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      So much for re selling your idevices on eBay.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeoz View Post
      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
      That's not true at all. All they have to do is make it so anything that is save onto the idevice can only be done by a recognized user. That said, they COULD already be doing that now by means of custom code requiring a password.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Sounds cool, but also sounds years away
    1. dread33's Avatar
      dread33 -
      Yea, I think thats just their way of trying to make sure that jailreakers will have a very hard time to figure the iphone 5 out. But it's a waste as far as I can see, for if they do that to the iphone 5 then of course we are going to have a software that does the same and can reset the new iPhone 5 for new users to used whoever it may be.