Apple patent suggests Face Unlock coming to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
If the detected human face is recognized… an operation of the (device) can be modified based upon the recognized human face. The modification can include executing a pre-defined set of operations such as opening email, opening text messages, and so forth."
This is not the first time that a Face Unlock type of technology has been linked to Apple. Back in 2010, before the introduction of the OG Apple iPad, the Wall Street Journal noted that an early prototype of the tablet used a front facing camera to recognize users' faces to make it a device that the whole family could use. Of course, that feature never made it out of the lab.
The latest patent application revealed this week included some new features including one that would adjust the orientation of a screen to the users face. Another feature would allow a device to lock if a human face hadn't been seen over a certain period of time.
The patent unveiled this week by the USPTO is different than one that we told you about last December. That filing concerned itself with Apple iPhones and Apple iPads that could automatically customize applications, settings and features to the personal preferences of the user once the device was picked up and the user's face scanned
1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1463; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
didnt htc get the patent on this yesterday ?
7. cripton805 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Neh dude. Thats the old Poor Dirty People unlock V3.2
This is the face unlock for white people and cash v3000
19. cripton805 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Hey. Apple is probably going to sue for sure i bet!!! Theyre going to come up with some lame excuse. They stole our idea 5 months before we thought about it! LoL
2. matthewtylerhickman (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
reguardless, apple is always copying google. Theyre entire OS is based off of android. Just because they have an abundance of hipster follows, they feel powerful and try to run the market...
4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1463; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
monopoly markets won't work....fruit is going down
23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
You're not tech savvy if you think that. Android was planning on having a track pad and qwerty keyboard until e iPhone came out. Android took their entire OS and concept from Apple. The touch gestures, form factor, app store, webkit browser.
You should be thanking Apple for the android phone you love so much.
26. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Android took their entire OS concept from Apple?
Thanks for that. You're comments continue to amaze me.
29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
It's true. Android coverted to a touch centric OS only after the iPhone came out. This is well documented. All the gestures you use, springboard layout where you can slide across screens. Kinetic scrolling, app store.
All those ideas came from Apple. Android was the OS for people who wanted an iPhone, but couldn't get one. Remember iPhone was only available on AT&T.
32. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Okay, there is some truth to your statement.
Android converted to a touch based OS after the iPhone came out.
That's pretty much it. The rest is essentially touch screen form factor and if you disagree with me then we just have different opinions.
Saying that Android was the OS for people who wanted an iPhone is just not true. I switched from AT&T to Verizon FROM an iPhone for the Droid1 and would never have switched back.
Everyone likes different things, but the reality is that saying Android is just "copied" from iOS is simply ignorant. You couldn't pay me to use iOS instead of Android.
36. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
It's not touch screen form factor. Before Apple companies were essentially taking a desktop OS and slapping it on a mobile phone with a stylus (windows).
Apple redesigned the entire OS to work with a finger. That was a huge innovation. Android took that from Apple.
You can call it what you want, borrowed, stole, copied, but android is very heavily influenced by iOS. So all the android fans bashing Apple should be thanking them instead.
44. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Heavily influenced, yes. Borrowed? Stolen? Copied? No.
But you need to understand that there is a MAJOR fundamental difference between something that is INFLUENCED and something that is borrowed/stolen/copied.
47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Ok if that helps you sleep at night. It's weird how fandroids on PA have this weird superiority complex. You guys think you're better than Apple users and won't admit to anything Apple does well or that your OS took from Apple.
Android straight up took a lot of things from iOS.
54. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1703; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I could say the same thing about you iFans, and i just admitted it by thanking Apple so you are wrong
57. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
It's weird how iOS fanboys have a superiority complex over us "broke fools with phones"
69. cripton805 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Palm had been out prior to the iPhone. Apple did invent the form factor. Thats a straight lie. Blackberry had apps prior to the iPhone. My old Sony Ericsson had web 10 years ago.
So. Apple has not created anything from scratch. There were already programs running on windows media player too...
Hows this for a burn.... THE MOTOROLA RAZR WAS THE FIRST PHONE WITH ITUNES!!!
56. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
I accidently gave you a thumbs down. My bad.
3. fay99 (Posts: 62; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
so the patent was filed for something that was still at its early development stage and never made it out of the lab to allow them to sue others in the future. had they not eaten enough cr@p?
5. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Now who is the copycat? Apple or Samsung!
6. cripton805 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Stick an ipod shuffle up your fruit.
8. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
A patent for something in their design stages but currently available to buy on android phones for the last 5 months,go figure!
9. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Yay, I guess we can expect to see widgets and a real task manager in the next iOS update, or should I say ICS repackaged?
24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
iOS doesn't need a task manager because it's designed better than that. If you think widgets are an android invention you've probably never used a computer widgets have been around way before smartphones.
28. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Sure you don't...Maybe thats why you have to reboot your phone every few days just to reset the RAM so your phone doesn't hang/lag while "Fandroids" just have to clear running applications and it'll be as good as new.
fyi, I never said widgets were an innovation, I wanted to put resizable widgets like in ICS but it wouldn't make sense since iOS doesn't even have widgets in the first place
31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I don't ever have to reboot my iPhone thats one of the benefits. Android on the other hand requires frequent battery pulls and reboots. There's a way to close apps on iOS if you wanted to btw. It's just not necessary because the OS does such a good job of managing memory.
33. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Android requires frequent battery pulls and reboots?
s**t, I wish someone had told me that when I bought my Nexus... i've been forgetting to do that!!!
37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Sorry man but I'm familiar with android OS. I have the Galaxy Tab 7.7 right now. Remember honeycomb? The OS that would crush the iPad? Yes it freezes and force closes all the time. I use the tablet daily at work. Android still has a long way to go before it catches up to iOS.
41. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
ok, now I can't tell if you're telling the truth or trolling. Even fandroids like me know Honeycomb was quite the failure, even thou it wasn't the OS's fault it wasn't compatible with Android 2.X apps.
43. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Fandroids like you kept telling us how honeycomb would wipe the floor with iOS. Now you guys admit it sucked, but tell us ICS is better. I'll believe it when I see it. Yes I do have the galaxy tab and I'm not impressed.
46. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
of cause you aren't. If Apple rereleased the Tab 7.7 with an Apple logo on the back as the iPad Mini tomorrow I can bet you'd be the first in line.
51. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Haha you just said yourself honeycomb sucks.
42. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
lol, I was re reading your comment and I have to say something, sitting in your basement wasting your parent's money on iCrap is not "work" ok?
59. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
give it time and your nexus will show age and the reboots will start... around 6 months aprox... trust me.. thats why Android have phones coming out to focus on the new phones and not the ones left behind either by the Android updates or the carriers update...
62. Lavi23 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Why should I trust you? Did you use a Nexus phone (or an Android phone) on a daily basis?
I guess you didn't...
I used about 2 years a HTC Desire phone and I hadn't had this issue (reboots) or any other issues. I still have this phone but I do not use it anymore because I use my big HD display phone: Galaxy Nexus (GSM version - I'm from Europe).
67. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I had Android and yes I had to reboot and sometimes it did it by itself... about 6 months after i bought it... dont trust me but at least keep it on the back of your mind...
70. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Trust the Apple fanboy about Android stuff? Seems legit, why would we listen to the dumber user?, and sorry but where I'm from, we don't have stupid carrier exclusive or variants that gets left out for updates.
And I really don't get what's is it with you iFans and updates. For me I'd rather have one update to fix all my problems and be stable until the next big update instead of 1 tiny fix every week for some stupid bugs and loopholes so the company appears to care.
40. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
oh you poor poor boy, mind telling me how you fully close your apps? And don't tell me to double tap the home button and x off apps, that's just clearing your recent app history, not clearing your RAM.
Btw, the only time I had to pull the back and battery of my S2 was to change my 8GB sd card to a 16GB one.
Beside, even if it did "crash" and hang up, pulling the battery will most definitely fix it wherever I am. Unlike an iPhone when crash, you'll have to wait till you get home to plug it to your PC to reboot it.
45. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
That is how you close apps. In iOS apps enter a freeze state which uses RAM. you can close the app the way you described which clears the RAM. however in iOS that's usually not necessary because the OS will clear RAM as needed and remove apps from their freeze state.
48. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Oh is that what you believe? Well, an article on PA about iOS's fake multitasking begs to differ. When you x off an app, it doesn't clear the ram at all, it still remains in a freeze state that only fully closes when more RAM is needed to open another app.
50. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Google it and find out. If an article said that it's wrong. Either that or your reading comprehension is off.
I use an iPhone. If you x an app out its no longer in a freeze state. It's very simple to confirm.
71. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
61. Lavi23 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
"Android on the other hand requires frequent battery pulls and reboots."
You know this because:
1. you secretly have an Android phone
2. you heard someother iPhone fan
You have to use it to know it!
This remark goes to a 5yo boy...
10. ddxmms (Posts: 157; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
and it will be something revolutionary because apple did it.
11. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Google rushed the s**t out, while Apple is already preparing it. Quit whinning fandroids.
You can even use a picture to unlock nexus, that's quantity not quality.
12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
In case you're late on news, just like Apple, Face Unlock with Samsung now requires you to blink, and I'm sure Google will adopt it soon enough too. So pictures won't work, and if you're dumb enough to give a video of you blinking to the camera, you should probably switch to iOS.
21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
He's right google rushed something that doesn't work well.
35. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Face unlock was never made to be super secure like password or pin lock. Even on ICS when you choose the type of lock it says it's the least secure out of the 4. It was initially meant as a quick way of unlocking your phone as well as prevent unwanted access from strangers( eg. snatch thieves) who most likely won't have a picture of you.
Samsung then made it more secure such that a regular picture just won't work anymore, but still rather quick as long as you blink fast.
Judging from the way Apple does it, it will probably take the iDumb about 5mins to scan your face and calculate the distance between your eyes and nose or some crap like that. Not to mention the lighting problems
38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yea you're right. Apple is known for taking ideas and implementing them worse /sarcasm.
49. frydaexiii (Posts: 1388; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
For one they did screw up the stolen notification bar. They can't even steal it right lol
52. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
How did they screw it up exactly?
64. Lavi23 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
You again... Did you use this feature too?
Hmm, an iPhone fanboy using an Android phone....
63. Lavi23 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Poor boy. You're so sad... :(
You want to use this feature but you aren't able.
Poor little iPhone fanboy do NOT cry! This will eventualy come to your phone too and you'll be able then to unlock your phone too with your face. Just wait a little longer.
14. urth_key (Posts: 14; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
"Another feature would allow a device to lock if a human face hadn't been seen over a certain period of time."
I think this feature is on a Samsung phone.
(Read 2nd line of the 2nd paragraph.)
15. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
What the hell... Now instead of all us cool Android users using face unlock we have to see all the snobby rich iPhone kids doing it too? I thought this was supposed to be unique to Android, i'm not using it anymore.
16. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
How the hell is this supposed to work on iDevices,
don't all Shē€₱™ L°•°k the sAme??
17. KickRocks (Posts: 128; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
Its really sad that google or other companies who support android and truly innovate with ideas such as facelock which has been out for a while now DO NOT PATENT THESE IDEAS. The reason why apple is successful is because they take/steal an idea, tweak it or change it slightly, patent it, call it innovation and then sue other companies for using the technology that they INVENTED just never PATENTED. Apple is no innovator however they are very smart. They should have been sued for using "Innovative" features in OS 5.0 (Notification bar) but yet that idea was never patented by google, at least to my knowledge.
22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Google has filed a patent for notifications. You're very naive if you think only Apple patents technology.