Apple patent application shows off a plan to turn TouchID into a panic button

Apple patent application shows off a plan to turn TouchID into a panic button
Back in May 2014, Apple filed a patent application with the USPTO that has just been published by the agency. The patent reveals a way for iPhone and iPad users sporting a model with TouchID, to lock down their device by using a specific finger to hold down the TouchID button. This would activate a "panic mode." The handset or tablet would freeze out requests for personal information, or would reset immediately.

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



14. obedchuni

Posts: 341; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

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

13. TechNeck

Posts: 659; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

THEY NEED TO STOP! This isn't life alert Boo Boo. -3-

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It's like using a duress codeword. It'd be nice if the added that to the regular unlock screen. ROM authors? Blackberry? Do eeeeet!

10. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I am sure that iSheeps need such panic button because they always get lost with their unuseful iToys. ;-)

9. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

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.

8. Ajlal3

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2012


7. Ajlal3

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2012


6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Samsung's SOS feature laughs at this.

4. stevetherican

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

"The panic finger" Amazing lmao

5. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015


3. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I already know how to give Apple the finger.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

This is going to end badly... Saftey for all without an iPhone will be halted and everyone with an iPhone will start accidentally pressing the panic button

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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!

12. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

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.

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