Apple patent application shows off a plan to turn TouchID into a panic button
posted by Alan F. / Nov 05, 2015, 10:09 AM
The reason for including such a feature would be to protect a iPhone or iPad user who is being forced to unlock their device. A specific finger would be registered with the TouchID system as the one that would trigger the panic mode. Apple calls this digit the "panic finger."
While going into panic mode, the iPhone could also use the front-facing camera to take a picture or video of the criminal. The images would be sent to the user's iCloud account from where they could be turned over to law-enforcement. Besides activating the camera, panic mode could also open the microphone allowing for real time monitoring of the situation.
Eventually, Apple could set up TouchID to allow users to open certain applications with the touch of a specific finger. Again, this is merely a patent application and we have no idea when, or if, Apple will implement it.
source: USPTO via BusinessInsider
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This patent better come to life. Comes in handy in clutch moments when you don't wanna see your girl mad when your on other peoples IG!
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 10:12 AM 1
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I don't think they can patent this, it's just software coding made to recognize a fingerprint and process code, start audio/video, maybe even both cameras, and store that video. Start gps tracking with out a hint or clue. What's to stop anyone from implementation of these features? It's like wanting to patent the thump your car tire makes when thrown flat from a height of 3 feet using your left hand standing with your face pressed against the passenger door window.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 2:04 PM 0
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If someone is using enough force to make you unlock your device to the point that you would want to wipe the device completely, then angering that person by doing so may not be in your best interest, as the person may use that force on you anyway now that you have foiled their plan and intentionally fooled them.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 12:00 PM 0
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sure samsung will copy it, a panic button built into touch ID, nice idea.....but I m sure if not samsung then the chinese company will surely copy it as they have copied the 3d touch that was first developed by apple and now samsung wants it too and all the androids OEMs are rushing for it, but the biggest strength of apple is IOS, I have seen the first google android OS, it was kinda mix of blackberry os and win mo, they copied that and also I have seen the jailbreak videos on youtube which google blatantly copied it and they gave all the features so now no new features comes with the android, rather than android pay and opening two app at the same time natively, which i hate it most, watching youtube at 3.7 inch and surf the web at 2 inch, wtf....only 7 inch or 8 inch would be good for doing that....other than no one does that.....even my friend has note 5 he never does that
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 3:06 AM 0
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