Apple files for a patent that raises security levels and UI settings based on location

Apple files for a patent that raises security levels and UI settings based on location
A patent application filed by Apple, was published on Thursday. Titled "Location-sensitive security levels and setting profiles based on detected location," the patent covers a technology where the hardware and software of a phone change based on location. Even the level of security required to unlock an iPhone would change depending on the user's location. For example, at home you might unlock your handset by punching in the four number passcode, but while out shopping you would swipe your finger to use Touch ID.

A number of different inputs could help the system determine your location. For example, your home Wi-Fi could alert your phone that you are at home. Certain cell towers, GPS signals or your proximity to other cell phones are all inputs that can be used so that the system knows where you are, and can adjust the UI accordingly. Two such location inputs would allow the system to work accurately.

Locations that are recognized would require low security functions to unlock your phone. Areas like mobile Wi-Fi hotspots would require a higher level of security verification. And certain applications, like the calendar and address book, would require varying degrees of security to get into. Depending on where you are, the UI could include some appropriate apps. For example, you might see entertainment apps while at home and FaceTime on the job. A setting for "My Car" might include a button to dial 9-1-1, and a button to play music; other features would be disabled.

Location based security levels and UI changes might some day end up in iOS. Check out the images from the patent application by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Wish we could stop talking bout stupid patents.

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

stupid patents will never spare you until powerful countries will keep trying to run their monoplies... patents are the safe guard for their monoply... if it is truely for innovation then patent should be for 5 years max, more than this means trying to hold the technology bcoz others are not allowed to think what you thought before

12. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop being an ignorant troll if you want to change the law run for congress.

2. Busyboy unregistered

Cool concept, but I still find Androids method of bluetooth a bit safer

3. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I think, i read this news before on this very site..........

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I thought it was me,was already looking where my comment went :)

5. RubiksGuy

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

All I have to say is TASKER!

9. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Or ITTT, or a myriad of other similar things. Please apple, stop it. What's next? Has anyone patented holding your phone to your ear to make a call? Or displaying text on a screen to make it easier to read and interact with?

14. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's not how you patent ANYTHING you douche troll. A patent is a process that must be submitted with specs, diagrams, steb-by-step how to's, how the patent is different than anything filed, and why. You can have two inventions that do the same thing that do them differently. For example I can submit a patent for a car that runs on water. It still looks like your car on the outside, has wheels, runns through the high way, has air bags and a radio. What makes MY car invention different than yours? Well the way it runs, how fast it runs, what it is fueld with, and HOW it is fueled. I would have to submit a patent for a WORKING model to the patent office for it to be approved. I would need detailed schematics of every part, wrench, screw that goes into making this car. You can't file patents for ideas - its not a song copywright. Software must be typed by a person and it has to WORK. This takes time. It takes knowledge. IT takes skill. It takes moths of testing and work. IF you wan to write code for a function that works just like this one, go right ahead, you just can't open up Apple's device and copy and paste the code and voila call it your 'invention.' Yea, might LOOK like cars, and move like cars, it doesn't make them equal. Devices, same thing, Text can be displayed by two devices, but you have to figure out YOUR own way to display text on a screen that isn't MY way. Just like you can't copy Steve's homework and turn it in and call it YOUR homework. Did they not teach you that in school???

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yet another reason to abolish software patents. This so-called patent is nothing novel or new. Apple's bribery of government patent officials has paid off so nicely for them. Apple gets whatever patents they want, no matter if prior art exists, no matter if the idea is elementary, basically "no matter what".

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

By hook or crook, Apple.

13. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

I expected you to be here, spewing your lack of knowledge of patents, on how they work, and your refusal to learn anything about why they exist, and why they are useuful. Writing software takes work, costs money, intelligence, time, creativity. You need to hire programmers and pay them $30 an hour. If you want to make softawre that does the same as mine, hire your OWN damn programmers, write your own damn code. Did you ever go to college? Ever try copy and pasting a paper report word for word from the internet? Do you know you can be expelled from college from doing that? Hell, you might have not gone to college that's why you don't 'GET IT.' The same way you can't plagiarize a paper, the same you cannot 'plagiarize' software code. You have to write your own version.

8. wilsong17 unregistered

Lol watch the videoWatch "Android Home Automation Demo | Not for Apple iOS 8" on YouTube Android Home Automation Demo | Not for Apple iOS 8:

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