Apple patent suggests Face Unlock coming to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad

Apple patent suggests Face Unlock coming to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
According to patent documentation released by the USPTO this week, Apple is working on a system that would allow the front-facing camera on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to scan your face to unlock a device. Similar to Google's Face Unlock on Android 4.0, if the face cannot unlock the model, a code would be punched in to release the device. The patent was filed in September 2010 and was credited to John E. Arthur.

The screen of a device could change its orientation based on the angle of the user's head

The screen of a device could change its orientation based on the angle of the user's head

Apple apparently has more ambitious plans for this technology. A device can be modified to operate certain features just by having the user look into the front facing camera lens and having his faced recognized. The patent application reads, "If the detected human face is recognized… an operation of the (device) can be modified based upon the recognized human face. The modification can include executing a pre-defined set of operations such as opening email, opening text messages, and so forth."

This is not the first time that a Face Unlock type of technology has been linked to Apple. Back in 2010, before the introduction of the OG Apple iPad, the Wall Street Journal noted that an early prototype of the tablet used a front facing camera to recognize users' faces to make it a device that the whole family could use. Of course, that feature never made it out of the lab.

The latest patent application revealed this week included some new features including one that would adjust the orientation of a screen to the users face. Another feature would allow a device to lock if a human face hadn't been seen over a certain period of time.

The patent unveiled this week by the USPTO is different than one that we told you about last December. That filing concerned itself with Apple iPhones and Apple iPads that could automatically customize applications, settings and features to the personal preferences of the user once the device was picked up and the user's face scanned

source: AppleInsider

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72 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

didnt htc get the patent on this yesterday ?

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Neh dude. Thats the old Poor Dirty People unlock V3.2 This is the face unlock for white people and cash v3000

19. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Hey. Apple is probably going to sue for sure i bet!!! Theyre going to come up with some lame excuse. They stole our idea 5 months before we thought about it! LoL

2. matthewtylerhickman

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

reguardless, apple is always copying google. Theyre entire OS is based off of android. Just because they have an abundance of hipster follows, they feel powerful and try to run the market...

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

monopoly markets won't work....fruit is going down

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're not tech savvy if you think that. Android was planning on having a track pad and qwerty keyboard until e iPhone came out. Android took their entire OS and concept from Apple. The touch gestures, form factor, app store, webkit browser. You should be thanking Apple for the android phone you love so much.

26. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Android took their entire OS concept from Apple? Thanks for that. You're comments continue to amaze me.

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's true. Android coverted to a touch centric OS only after the iPhone came out. This is well documented. All the gestures you use, springboard layout where you can slide across screens. Kinetic scrolling, app store. All those ideas came from Apple. Android was the OS for people who wanted an iPhone, but couldn't get one. Remember iPhone was only available on AT&T.

32. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Okay, there is some truth to your statement. Android converted to a touch based OS after the iPhone came out. That's pretty much it. The rest is essentially touch screen form factor and if you disagree with me then we just have different opinions. Saying that Android was the OS for people who wanted an iPhone is just not true. I switched from AT&T to Verizon FROM an iPhone for the Droid1 and would never have switched back. Everyone likes different things, but the reality is that saying Android is just "copied" from iOS is simply ignorant. You couldn't pay me to use iOS instead of Android.

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's not touch screen form factor. Before Apple companies were essentially taking a desktop OS and slapping it on a mobile phone with a stylus (windows). Apple redesigned the entire OS to work with a finger. That was a huge innovation. Android took that from Apple. You can call it what you want, borrowed, stole, copied, but android is very heavily influenced by iOS. So all the android fans bashing Apple should be thanking them instead.

39. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Ok thanks Apple, now will you stfu?

44. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Heavily influenced, yes. Borrowed? Stolen? Copied? No. But you need to understand that there is a MAJOR fundamental difference between something that is INFLUENCED and something that is borrowed/stolen/copied.

47. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ok if that helps you sleep at night. It's weird how fandroids on PA have this weird superiority complex. You guys think you're better than Apple users and won't admit to anything Apple does well or that your OS took from Apple. Android straight up took a lot of things from iOS.

53. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Agree to disagree.

54. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I could say the same thing about you iFans, and i just admitted it by thanking Apple so you are wrong

57. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

It's weird how iOS fanboys have a superiority complex over us "broke fools with phones"

69. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Palm had been out prior to the iPhone. Apple did invent the form factor. Thats a straight lie. Blackberry had apps prior to the iPhone. My old Sony Ericsson had web 10 years ago. So. Apple has not created anything from scratch. There were already programs running on windows media player too... Hows this for a burn.... THE MOTOROLA RAZR WAS THE FIRST PHONE WITH ITUNES!!!

56. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I accidently gave you a thumbs down. My bad.

3. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

so the patent was filed for something that was still at its early development stage and never made it out of the lab to allow them to sue others in the future. had they not eaten enough cr@p?

5. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Now who is the copycat? Apple or Samsung!

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Apple. Gtfo. Stick an ipod shuffle up your fruit.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

A patent for something in their design stages but currently available to buy on android phones for the last 5 months,go figure!

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yay, I guess we can expect to see widgets and a real task manager in the next iOS update, or should I say ICS repackaged?

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iOS doesn't need a task manager because it's designed better than that. If you think widgets are an android invention you've probably never used a computer widgets have been around way before smartphones.

28. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Sure you don't...Maybe thats why you have to reboot your phone every few days just to reset the RAM so your phone doesn't hang/lag while "Fandroids" just have to clear running applications and it'll be as good as new. fyi, I never said widgets were an innovation, I wanted to put resizable widgets like in ICS but it wouldn't make sense since iOS doesn't even have widgets in the first place

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I don't ever have to reboot my iPhone thats one of the benefits. Android on the other hand requires frequent battery pulls and reboots. There's a way to close apps on iOS if you wanted to btw. It's just not necessary because the OS does such a good job of managing memory.

33. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Android requires frequent battery pulls and reboots? s**t, I wish someone had told me that when I bought my Nexus... i've been forgetting to do that!!!

37. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Sorry man but I'm familiar with android OS. I have the Galaxy Tab 7.7 right now. Remember honeycomb? The OS that would crush the iPad? Yes it freezes and force closes all the time. I use the tablet daily at work. Android still has a long way to go before it catches up to iOS.

41. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

ok, now I can't tell if you're telling the truth or trolling. Even fandroids like me know Honeycomb was quite the failure, even thou it wasn't the OS's fault it wasn't compatible with Android 2.X apps.

43. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Fandroids like you kept telling us how honeycomb would wipe the floor with iOS. Now you guys admit it sucked, but tell us ICS is better. I'll believe it when I see it. Yes I do have the galaxy tab and I'm not impressed.

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