Apple patent application brings automatic theft alarm to Apple iPhone

Apple patent application brings automatic theft alarm to 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



1. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. I read this and was 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 Good idea, but needs to be tweaked a lil.

12. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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...

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

2. Scyllax unregistered

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.

7. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

3. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

4. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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!!

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

17. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

5. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

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

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

8. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

10. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Its a ialarm

14. GeekMovement unregistered

"Apple, which was awarded 34 patents last week alone..." Definition of Patent Troll.

16. ryanlawrence171

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

18. maxrobert

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 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) 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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