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Apple patents new method for unlocking iOS devices

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Apple patents new method for unlocking iOS devices
If the good old PIN codes or passwords don't feel good enough anymore, then probably a new method for unlocking an iOS device by Apple will soon allow you to use more creative ways to secure your handset or tablet.

Of course, there's absolutely no guarantee that Apple will implement this method in the future versions of iOS, but a patent application has recently surfaced describing how the technique could work in detail. Instead of having to enter a PIN code or a password, the user will be required to identify an object or objects in an image that's displayed on the screen. By the looks of it, in order to set this unlock method up, the device will have to scan its own storage space for images, and will then prompt you to add some key words describing these images. Each time you attempt to unlock your device, there may be a different image displayed. You'll be able to unlock device by either typing or saying the needed word.

Do you like this new unlocking method and would you use it should Apple decide to add it to iOS?

Here's the abstract from the patent application:

Techniques for authenticating a user of a computing device (e.g., handheld, desktop, laptop) are provided. In order to grant access to any of the services provided by the computing device, the computing device displays, to the user, one or more images that are stored on the computing device. The user is required to accurately identify one or more objects depicted in the one or more images in order to gain access to the computing device. The computing device is not required to be connected to any network at the time of authentication. Authentication data that is associated with object(s) in each displayed image may have been established previously by another computing device and then provided to the computing device.


Apple patents new method for unlocking iOS devices
Apple patents new method for unlocking iOS devices

source: USPTO via: UnwiredView

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posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:34 19

1. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Looks like the verification used by Facebook in case you forget your password.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:42 6

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Naaah i was expecting something better from Apple where SIRI will unlock it because user will just have to SPEAK ... someone suggest this to Apple so that they make a drawing and head to US Patent Troll's Office (USPTO) :)

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:12 1

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4013; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Defending the patents you own isn't trolling. Unless you're abusing FRAND patents like a few articles mentioned with Motorola then I could agree.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:32 2

21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I never criticized Apple did I ? ...
I blame the U S Patent Troll's Office ... USPTO ... you know what, US takes India to WTO because India has a policy on Solar Panels that favors local brands so that goes against US made Solar Panels ... but US doesn't want to be taken to WTO on im posing 286% import duty on steel from India ...

So i blamed the US Patent Troll's Office not Apple .. :)

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 11:22 1

24. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


nyways patent is really nice...but they should try something simple as its thier core policy to make things simpler n better

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 12:36 1

27. Izoe (Posts: 114; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


i agree, this seems a bit tedious

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 05:24 4

9. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


After this, Facebook will sue Apple
lol.....

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:10 1

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4013; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Facebook is integrated into iOS.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:37 3

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


So what? Facebook is also integrated on windows phone and android.... Integration =/= ownership I thought you where smarter than this

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:34 3

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Once FB comes out with their own phone Apple will go crying all over the place and remove FB integration also like they did with GOOG :D

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 12:11 1

26. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Ugly is integrated into YOUR FACE! HA!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:38 6

2. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Crap.....

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:42 5

4. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Doesnt sound like a cool idea, i prefer tge slide to unlock and enter my PIN, i wil pass thanx! Useless feature, we need ground breaking features, not this

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 05:15 2

8. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


no, the gesture code is the best.....faster as slide to unlock stolen patent by Apple and 100000x more secure :)
dont forget, this method has only mature systems like Android:
goo [dot] gl/ja3gm
and the gesture is not necessary visible so no one could see the unlock gesture

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:47 5

5. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


oh no! another patent

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:53 4

6. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Really ? This one sounds like a patent for Sagem or Alcatel... WEAK !!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 04:59 3

7. JunkCreek (Posts: 406; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Facebook might get sued by apple... oh, not, Facebook didn't do it for login purpose, but the method... imho, it is not simple, frustated and complicated, prefer unlocking with finger print scanner by the home button. oh, wait, just that is my idea!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 05:29 3

10. techaman (unregistered)


So basically it's Microsoft way of unlocking but apple will say they invented it windows 8 has option to use a pic that you circle key things on and that's what it will be next they will invent a way to unlock with your face or voice lol

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 05:39 2

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Sounds stupid and probably is.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 06:21 2

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Not impressed at all... I really don't see many people using this feature.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:02 1

13. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Be surprised if they get this. PNC uses this method

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:08 3

14. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Full of iCrap !!! i would be very annoyed describing photos all day ....

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:13 1

17. ddeath (Posts: 163; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Patenting any ideas without a real working form is ridiculous. But the more stupid and ridiculous thing is, USPTO granting the patent.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:17 1

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Pretty lame even by apples standards. Wait a minute...

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:59 1

20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1761; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This method, along with a password is what my bank uses.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 11:12 1

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


seriously apple need too STOP BEING A PATENT TROLL now and days.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 12:10 1

25. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Another day, another iPatent.
Cut the sh*t and build a real phone would you? Or don't, I am curious to see just how low their stock can dip LMAO!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 13:45 2

28. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Windows 8 already had this kind of feature

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 21:48

29. reindeer_nation (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FO DAT lol. NObody's gonna use this.

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