Apple might add "combination safe lock" patterns to TouchID, patent reveals

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Although manufacturers usually don't make full use of the patents the USPTO grants them, these might give us a potential sneak peek at a feature or a novel tech that could eventually make it to a future product of theirs.

That said, when it comes to Apple, one of the undisputed leaders in the industry, we are usually keeping an ear close to the ground with the high hopes of getting a drift of something that is being secretly prepped. One of the latest patents that Apple has been granted describes a pretty interesting improvement to its security-oriented TouchID - it looks like Cupertino is not content with the security a mere fingerprint provides, that's why it might throw a safe combination in the mix.

Similar to a regular safe dial, TouchID will first register your fingerprint and afterwards require you to dial a predefined security combination by rotating your fingertip clockwise or counterclockwise on your iPhone's TouchID-enabled home button. What's more, other finger motion might also make the cut, judging by the patent images.

This got revealed in a recently-captured patent, which has just been granted to the tech giant. While this doesn't mean that Apple will indeed make full use of it, it gives it the right to do so. Would you fancy such an enhanced TouchID security feature on your iDevice, provided that Apple decides to give it a go?

source: PatentlyApple via GSMDome



1. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

It is a pretty interesting idea, because current implementation, though good, can be easily overcome in certain situation, such as while you are sleeping, someone can take your hand /finger, and unlock the device.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think it is a good idea, seeing as how the ease of use and quickness of touch ID is what makes it appealing. Adding more routines to the mix will make it irritating at best and security will increase by maybe 10% or something.

2. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

So TouchID + Pattern Unlock.

3. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

pattern unlock? oh... but doesn't such feature existed in Android device?

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I dont think I'd use this TouchID is already more than secure enough IMO The reason TouchID is the best fingerprint reader is because you don't have to swipe Unless if I could chose where it happens E.g. TouchID+Pattern for Apple Pay and other purchases, but only TouchID for unlocking

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Since the day I got a phone with Touch ID any other unlocking method was obsolete and seem ancient. The only thing I would add is maybe an option for Touch ID and passcode combo option for those that still feel they need more security (but I won't be using it) I use Touch ID specifically because it's faster than "slide to unlock" even if u don't have a passcode setup.

6. harry29

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

now who is copying android..? :P

8. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

so this got approved or they just applied?


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

it's a multiple pattern unlock not a single power unlock if you read the patent

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