Apple patent application would let your phone know if it is stolen

Apple patent application would let your phone know if it is stolen
A patent application filed by Apple, could soon guard your iPhone by determining if the person currently using the phone, is the actual owner of the device. The patent, called "Generating notifications based on user behavior," would use behavior recognition techniques to determine if someone other than the phone's owner, is using the handset.

The phone would look at factors such as location, motion and input to find unusual behavior. Other factors including vocabulary, grammar, typically used phrases and even a preference to hold the device in portrait or landscape orientation, could be employed. The actions taken by whomever currently is using the phone, would be matched against an historical database. The accelerometer could even help measure a person's gait to determine if the rightful owner is in possession of the phone.

If the phone determines that it is in unfamiliar hands, it could lock down automatically until a password is entered. Additionally, a third party device could receive a notification that John Doe's iPhone has been stolen. Considering that the public has lingering fears about security in the post-Snowden world, it is questionable whether any iPhone users would want to have every motion they make recorded by their smartphone.


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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9 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

In my opinion not a good Idea. In my case I sometimes lend my wife my phone because she may have forgotten to power hers up when she is going out. I usually end up taking her phone and powering it up at home. Would the police get a notification that my phone is stolen and then trace my wives whereabouts and arrest her because my phone alerted them it as stolen due to her different usage pattern? Not so keen on this feature.

2. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I don't think the police would chase down and arrest phone thieves. But it would likely be noted in a database. Then they might get caught if this pattern happens with phone after phone. Thing is, whether this patent is approved or not. Apple is stating that the capacity to develop and implement this technology now. This is an indication that Apple is (or will be) collecting data on where you go, how you go, and how fast you go. The patent application is merely a justification. I'm guessing down the road Apple will use this data in other ways. For instance if it knows you hit up McDonalds on Tuesdays at noon, you might be prompted with a Burger King pop up coupon at 11:30am.

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I don't think this patent would work . A lot of NSA snooping location tracker.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is pretty innovative IMO, wonder who they bought recently.

4. mturby unregistered

These guys are great when it comes to patent ideas. Congrats apple, hope Google would innovate the sameway u do or even better. PS: Android fan/user.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

One thing for sure they're good in applying for patent. But being innovative?

7. mturby unregistered

if what u read up there is not innovation, then what is it?

8. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I for one think thieves have gotten smart. If they turn your phone off and hard factory reset it, this wouldn't work. Having the phone fake a shut down and contact a 3rd party phone and turn on GPS when its is shut down without touch ID is more effective.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

These ideas are all out of publicly funded research and should not be patentable.

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