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Apple patent application brings automatic theft alarm to Apple iPhone

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Apple is looking for a patent on a automatic alarm for the Apple iPhone

Apple is looking for a patent on a automatic alarm for the Apple iPhone

A patent application filed by Apple on Thursday reveals that Apple might pack the Apple iPhone with something called an "Acceleration-based theft detection system for portable electronic devices." The system would help the phone itself know when it is getting ripped off by using the accelerometer to determine if the movement of the phone fits the profile for theft. If it is determined by the phone that a robbery is taking place, a loud alarm would go off to scare the robber.

Apple, which was awarded 34 patents last week alone, said that the move toward making smaller devices makes them easier to steal which gave them the impetus to invent the alarm. We do know from the application that signal conditioning hardware or software should filter out false signals. And the user will have some time to enter a code to disarm the alarm before it starts ringing. According to the patent application, the theft alarm will continue working when the Apple iPhone is in sleep mode.

source: USPTO via CNET, AppleInsider

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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 01:23 4

1. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


How will the software differentiate between accidental touch and picking it up in a rush? Too broad and too vague. No working prototype either.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 06:33 1

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. I read this and was like....wtf?

I jog with my phone, listen to music. Sometimes I hold it. I rush in the morning sometimes and run out the door. Sometimes I jog on the way home. This is insane....lol.

Good idea, but needs to be tweaked a lil.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:29 2

12. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


So very true. If I have to run out the door with 10 minutes to get to work, I will have to deal with an alarm, passwords and so on ??? I think Apple has become more of a useless patent mill than anything else...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:00

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


according to you you will never owned an iphone so don't worry about it..

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 01:34 6

2. Scyllax (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I think that they're just patenting everything so that their competitors cannot make such technology. Also, I think their thinking is that if you cannot drive innovation, just slow it down by patenting this and that, so others cannot come up with something like this and that.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:33 1

7. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


this is stupid! Pure stupid!
And I am sure Apple is goint to say that they have discovered a revolutionary, extraordinary and out of this world technique for anti-theft whatever!
Anti theft has been around like forever....i remeber my samsung phone had it even before android or ios came into existence.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:20 4

3. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


34 patents? guess how many actually have prototype to go with it or relevant to the industry for that matter

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:30 7

4. amiaq (Posts: 377; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Tell me again how does patent application works? Can I hire a group of people, brain storming all the wierdest ideas, write them down and apply for patents? No need for working models or prototypes.Then just wait until some other company step on the patent trap. COOL!!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 05:39 2

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2813; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Small correction ... from Apple's perspective you don't even have to dream ideas ... you just have to steal it and run to patent office ASAP :)

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 08:53

17. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


ahh, Apple... the Thomas Edison of the mobile tech world.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:19 1

5. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


remember after you stole the iphone, turn it off right away

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:19 2

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2813; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


This is more of a Joke more than a feature really. There have been news of hi tech cars weighing over 1.5 tonnes with hi tech anti theft systems installed/builtin being stolen easily from open areas ... this is just a 150gram crap.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:41 2

8. amiaq (Posts: 377; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I am patenting an app that can detect my fart, it will know if i want to defecate or just enjoy farting then it will direct me to the closest toilet on my iMap.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 05:53 5

10. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


And due to the accuracy of iMap you will defecate right in the middle of Times Square.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 12:00

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6114; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Its a ialarm

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:14 1

14. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


"Apple, which was awarded 34 patents last week alone..."

Definition of Patent Troll.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 00:18

16. ryanlawrence171 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This patent applicaton for iPhone is great as it provides complete protection from someone stealing your iPhone.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:50

18. maxrobert (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I'm not an apple fan , but Apple is known for its perfection...if it's going to bring out some new feature , be it completely new or an inspired idea , it won't bring it until it works perfectly( just one exception : iOS 6 maps)....so I don't think there will be a problem with the functionality and usability of this feature , if ever implemented , as many people fear.......

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